God’s Word for Today: Foot. Not too long ago, we addressed feet, (December 28 to be exact). I almost closed the book on the subject by my opening statement on that day’s message. If you don’t want to scan clear thru back posts to research said statement, you are most welcome to visit our blog at www.godswft.org or www.apalavradedeusparahoje.org , and under Categories, click on December 2015, then “previous”, then FEET.
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With the word, foot, you have the little ditties like; “put your best foot forward” or “put your left foot in, put your left foot out, put your left foot in, and shake it all about.” I guess that last one wasn’t really a ditty per say. More like the Hokey Pokey!! That little dance was always kind of fun. DJ’s secret to getting the crowd involved. And now, that song will be in your head the rest of the day. Put your right foot out………
Here in Paraguay, Brazil, and other unconfirmed South American countries, it is a very important tradition to remove one’s shoes, sandals, boots, or any other foot wear prior to entering a person’s house. Even your own house, you leave your foot wear at the door, and slip on a pair of “in house” sandals, or flip flops, or “chinelo” is what they are called here. Or, if you are a guest, you simply leave your shoes at the door, and run around in your socks or barefoot. Which, is never a problem because the floors are always spotless.
In USA in your own home, yes, you usually leave your shoes somewhere near the door at the end of the day. But typically, your guests are encouraged to leave their shoes on. Here, no matter how hard you try to convince otherwise, off comes the footwear. I have tried to argue about being a guest and welcome to leave shoes on, but it is to no avail. I have accepted this tradition from others. Just the opposite though, if someone tells me to leave my boots on to come into their house, I usually do just that. Although, it is getting to be a more and more awkward feeling if I do not remove my footwear along with everyone else.
The only pet peeve I have against this whole baring of the foot thing is where the footwear ends up. I have learned that I can quickly judge a person’s demeanor by how they handle their footwear ritual. Some, (mostly young persons) can remove their shoes or chinelos without missing a step. Said footwear is simply deposited right smack in front of the door with no consideration for the next possible person entering the house. This can conveniently happen 3 or 4 times before someone finally brushes the pile of chinelos to the side making room for more.
Then there are those whose take their time, carefully remove and place their shoes or chinelos to the side, always considering the next person. Oh man, does this tie in with the saying “If the shoe fits”. So basically you have two personalities. One whose priority in life is all about themselves with no consideration for the next person. And those, who will always set their concerns to the side in consideration for others. Is that the definition of “putting your best foot forward”? Simple example and reference. Very true in its practice.
Philippians 2:3-4. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Really not much explaining to do here. No confusion with these 2 verses. I encourage you to read all of Philippians, Chapter 2.
I was told the other day that the failure of almost every Christian church is the lack of unity. Of course, this person was promoting their Church above all other Churches, as seems to be a frustrating and common practice. It is almost ironic that a person is trying to promote the love and fellowship of their Church by denouncing the faults of others. It is like their footwear is superior to everyone else’s. Thus, they are entitled to leave theirs right in front of the door, and welcome you to leave yours there too.
Today, the idea is to always consider others. As you step into the door of your Christian life, you are going to leave some dirty footwear behind. Don’t simply step out of your past not considering others who might follow. Instead, take your time. Acknowledge the soil and dirt you might have accumulated. Remove that. Set it to the side. Maybe even be a shoulder to lean on while someone else is removing their chinelos. Then, step inside, let the Master shut the door. Step into your new shoes…………
Prayer: Dear Lord, gatekeeper to the House of Salvation. I thank you for always having your door open for me. Forgive me for the times I step in your Home, but am always anxious to leave. I really want to put my best foot forward, but I really like the shoes I am having to leave behind. Help me Lord, to one foot at a time step into this new pair you are offering me. If I can just keep stepping forward, I know that I will soon forget about my old chinelos. Also help me to remember Lord, that your door is always open to everyone else too and that I need to always consider others above myself. In Jesus’, who will cleanse me one foot at a time, name I pray. Amen.