Friday, January 28, 2011

These shoes were made for walking.....(well, maybe!)

I knew I was a little more overwhelmed than I had suspected when in the middle of running errands yesterday (-yes, the middle--of course not BEFORE errand running which would allow me to run back into my house) I looked down to discover this sight:

Oh, the horror!!  
Yep. Those are my feet.  
Yep.  Same shoe-different color.  *sigh*  

I noticed my mishap as I was walking into Kroger (for the second time today I might add.)  The discovery alone sent me into some power-walking that would have landed me a gold metal if given the opportunity.   As I was scurrying through the aisle of the store I started prinking (pray + thinking) and hoping that I wouldn't see anyone I knew.  And if I did run into someone I knew I wouldn't be able to look them in the eye--but then again I'm sure they'd be staring at my feet not my eyes.  My trip to Kroger was short and sweet and my plan to get to my car was afoot (couldn't resist).

Once in my car I was instantly "convicted" of my pre-occupation (and worry) about  my foot-fashion blunder and what someone would think if they "saw" my mishap. My mind went back to something I heard earlier this week:

 Our Master is Jesus Christ and we stand or fall based on Christ's approval not another's opinion.  Stop letting people manipulate you through their stupid expectations of who they think you ought to be.  you be who christ wants you to be and enjoy the journey.                ~ Pastor John Hagee
So what if someone had seen my shoes?  Who would really care and if they did care--why would I care that they cared?   Then my thoughts switched to my heart.  You know, the part of me that is desperately wicked above all (Jerm 17:9).  I was worried what others would think about my shoes when I need to think about what The One thinks of my heart.  He knows everything.  My every thought.  Are the things that I am saying and doing pleasing to Him?  Does He approve of my actions?  My words?  

Galations 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

My errands ended with a good laugh and also a reality check.  Of course I am thankful for having an abundance of shoes.  I am also super thankful for the beautiful reminder that above all I need to care only about what The Lord thinks of me and seek ONLY His approval. 

Today is Friday so I am linking up to Company Girls!

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Lea said...

How funny, I've done that with socks, not shoes. Isn't it amazing the truths we can learn from even the little things such as two different shoes. Thanks for sharing because it's definitely something we all deal with - seeking man's approval.

Blessings to you!

Kathleen T. Jaeger said...

This sounds like something I would do! Last night I was looking down at my sweater and realized it had a big blob of something on it. I didn't care in the presence of fun girlfriends but I kept wondering if it had been there when I showed up for work! I didn't know!

One More Equals Four said...

I would totally do something like that. I remember doing it once in high school and being completely mortified! It is funny, though, how self conscious we become about such things. Wouldn't it be great if we could so easily move throughout life without caring what others thought. I am not there yet...but I am trying! Have a great weekend!

Diane said...

LOL - who knows, people may have thought you were being very fashion-forward! At least they were the same shoe (same heel heights and feel).


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