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Sunday, October 25, 2009

New jogging shoes

So I got a pair of new jogging shoes . . . and here comes the blister - inevitable it seems. A hot spot had developed . . . a friction point caused by intense rubbing on my skin. The back of my foot was NOT liking the way this new shoe fit. I know that eventually my foot and the shoe will work well together and we'll travel many happy miles. But for now, the top layer of skin begins to separate from the one below it and fluid filled the space to help protect the injured area. OUCH! Yet, I couldn't keep wearing the old shoes - they were worn out - if I want to keep going down the path and/or keep exercising my muscles, it's time for new ones - time for a new mode of transportation . . .

"That's it!" I feel like shouting the way Lucy does in Charlie Brown's Christmas when Schroeder finally play Jingle Bells the way she had envisioned . . . but that IS it: My Lord Jesus has called me to keep walking the path with Him . . . and I don't want to stop walking with him - I don't want to camp out where I'm at in my relationship with Him because I'm not willing to wear new shoes. And that means more dying to self because

* some of my perceptions are off: For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ 1 Corin. 2:16
* I've believed a lie: Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:5
* my ways of dealing with people/things not working anymore. They are not life giving. But on the contrary blessing, knowing that to this you were called, that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9b

And so it is on the road of life - the path with Jesus . . . your shoes are going to wear out . . there is time to put new ones on and when you do, there is going to be some pain. That describes what been going on in this daily offering my heart to the Lord. This new physical place God has brought me to and all the challenges here in the natural with are a tool in the hand of God to bring stuff out of me . . . I've got to put on my new jogging shoes & enjoy the new view!

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