old shoes

I have these shoes that I really like – they’re beyond old.  I’ve worn them for more than 20 years & I could easily wear them another 20 years, especially if I don’t think about style (which is already a pretty sketchy topic for me).  These shoes are leather with a CRAZY durable sole & I often wear them without socks – so their perfectly molded to my feet.  I always throw them on as my old stand-by’s because I know they will be comfortable, sturdy & reliable. 

I’m using the shoe topic to help me talk about what I think it means to have a deeply satisfying relationship w God.  You see, in my mind, I want my life to be like a pair of shoes that God wears & uses everyday.  I want my life to be His faithful stand-by, that He will pick everyday to wear.  While I may not be very ornate or sparkly, I want to conform to His preferences, let Him walk wherever He choses & be trustworthy and reliable for His usage.  I fully believe that a person can be sparkly & ornate and be mightily used by God, so please don’t take me the wrong way.  For me personally, I want to conform perfectly to His ways, His feet, His steps.  I want God to fill me with His presence not only for my benefit, but also to activate His will & for His pleasure.  I want to God to wear me in – that I’m not too small, or uncomfortable for Him to use.  I don’t want for God to only use me on special occassions & I don’t want to give Him blisters when He choses to use (wear) me.  I want to be His “old shoes.”

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