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10/19/2019 12:41:00 PM
Your Shoes Are Where You Left Them!

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC

Morning time around my house is very calm. It is just my wife, my cat, and me! However, that was not always the case. At one time we had four kids to get ready for school and the goal was to get all of them clean, clothed, and fed before the school bell rang. As you younger parents out there already know, this was not as easy as it sounds. For two adults and four youth to get ready for a new day before 7:10 a.m. is a feat in itself. My wife was the expert in making sure the kids had their lunch money, books, homework completed, and any notes signed for the teachers. I stayed out of this fray because I didn’t want to mess up her system, or at least that is what I told her! 

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Regardless of how well my wife kept up with things, our children continued to misplace one specific item of clothing, their shoes. I never heard them call out and ask for directions to their pants, shirts, or coats, but their shoes are a different matter all together. I don’t know what it is about shoes that make them so hard to keep up with on a regular basis. One would think that only so many places exist for shoes to get lost in a house, but that is a falsehood. My children’s shoes were magical, because they could appear and disappear at any given moment. I believe if Dorothy (from the Wizard of Oz) had lived at my house, she would have lost her ruby slippers and would have had to stay in the Land of Oz (along with Toto).

It really didn’t bother me that my children’s shoes appeared and disappeared in my house, but rather it was the tone that were in their voices when they asked for help. They would say, “Where are my shoes?” as if they had been stolen or hidden by someone in the house. They seemed to imply that the location of their shoes was the responsibility of someone else, anyone else rather than themselves. So, when they yelled at the top of their lungs in that accusatory “Where are my shoes?” I yelled back in my kind and soothing fatherly voice, “Your shoes are right where you left them!” Generally, there is a moment of silence that followed my soothing words by the person looking for their shoes. The tough part of this little training exercise is when I couldn’t find my shoes and ask for help someone was eager to point out that my shoes were right where I left them. Nobody likes a wise guy!

Teaching our children responsibility and learning it for ourselves is an important part of life. If a child never learns to be responsible for their own stuff and their own actions as a child, adult life is going to be pretty tough. Mom and Dad may pick up your clothes at home, but I don’t know of any boss willing to pick up after an employee because the employee will not do it for himself.

This same principle holds true for the Christian in his or her spiritual growth. Even though you may belong to a local church with different ministers to help you in you daily walk with Christ, it is your responsibility to read the Bible for yourself and pray for God’s leadership in your own life.

Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things of the earth.”

The writer of Colossians tells the Christian that it is his responsibility to set his own mind on Godly things and not the things of this world. If you are not growing or your mind is not in the right place to honor God, you can yell out as though it is someone else’s fault that you don’t have the peace of God that you would like, but your relationship with Christ is where you want it to be, because Christ is where you left Him in your life!

Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!

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