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PEACE LOVE SHOES

I’ve never been a shoe person. High heels hurt my feet and make me walk funny. I do like a good pair of sandals but usually just one pair will do me. FOR .YEARS. I don’t feel the need to buy shoes when I’m upset. I know many people do. We all have our different “comforts”. I’m more likely to buy a pen and a new notebook than I am shoes. And yes, I could probably fill a library with those much like those who need a “shoe closet” for all their precious shoes. You may be one of those people. And that’s okay.

red chucksFor a long time I’ve wanted a pair of Converse. But wouldn’t buy any because 1) I wouldn’t pay that much for a pair of shoes I couldn’t wear every day, and 2) I couldn’t decide whether I wanted red or black. I’m usually a practical gal. I’ve been known to say, “If I could buy one pair of shoes to go with everything I would.” I tend to go with brown/tan/black shoes that I can wear with everything. Any time I get brave enough to even think about buying a funky color shoe I back out at the last minute. It’s kind of like my stand mixer. For years I wanted a Kitchen Aid Mixer, you know the kind that comes in all colors. I thought I wanted red, or light blue, or yellow… I could never decide {Yes, this is a recurring theme in my life – trouble with decisions}. So I got black.

Well one day I was overheard talking about wanting a pair of Converse shoes, but of course I would never spend the money on them, especially because I’d like red and red won’t go with everything. A generous benefactor gave me the money and a coupon to go and buy them. These are probably my favorite gift I’ve ever received. My red shoes make me happy. They can cheer me up and make me smile on the gloomiest of days. They are fun and quirky, all the things I like to think I am. And they remind me of both of my grandmothers for different reasons. They are special shoes.

Kind of like that new pair of tennis shoes you would get before school? The first time you lace them up felt so good. As you walk your eye can’t help but catch them in its view. Admiring them so much you may walk into a wall.

I found something that helps relate our shoes to our Christian walk, and may help us in the future to think of our shoes in a different way.

Shoes by Casandra Martin

I love new shoes. Trying on new shoes opens up new worlds of possibilities. You can see yourself differently as you slip into sandals, buckle up boots, or tie up new tennis shoes. You can feel glamorous in heels or search for comfort among the slippers. Each pair of shoes lets you frame yourself in a different picture and imagine, dream, or deal with the practical.

Did you know that God is in the shoe business? Every day, as you are getting dressed, He wants you to slip on a very special pair of shoes.“and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” (Ephesians 6:15) When we wear these God-given shoes, we literally stand in peace. They help us be ready to face whatever comes our way through the day.

The most interesting feature of these peace-infused shoes is that they are designed as battle gear. They help us stand firm during the war that is being waged all around us. The wisdom writer wraps up his discussion on time by reminding us that there is “…a time for war, and a time for peace.”(Ecclesiastes 3:8b) The blessing is that we live in peace, even as we daily face the spiritual battle that rages in this world.

MY JESUS RESOLUTION today is to put on my shoes. My heart craves peace, and the best peace is found when I stand fully in Christ. Like any pair of shoes, putting on peace requires bending low and covering what is vulnerable and tender with something strong and durable. It is a daily habit, putting on these shoes of peace. They remind us of where we stand, who we stand with, and what it means to be a person moved by peace. War is inevitable. We are going to face its assaults daily. Whether we are able to stand up or are knocked flat really depends on whether we have taken the time to put on our shoes.

SO HOW DO WE APPLY THIS? Some questions to think about:

      What does it mean to you to “put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace”?
      What is the gospel of peace?
      How do YOU “put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace”?
      What’s the opposite of peace?
      Do you have to put it on or take it off?
      How do you train your mind to “put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace”?

colossians 3:15

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Isaiah 26:3

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

john 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Philippians 4:6-7

 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

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