What are your feet fitted with?

what are your feet fitted with

My older daughter received some money at Christmas time. It’s a bit of long story, but somehow we went to the shops, and she came back with her very own ‘clip clop’ shoes. I ended up wondering how I had let my four year old own a pair of heels! But the shoes had been bought and had been worn. We couldn’t take them back, so there we were.

A compromise…

Initially the plan was for the shoes to be for ‘dress up’. Unfortunately, no dress-up opportunity presenting itself in the immediate future. In the interim, I decided that the shoes could be worn inside the house, but not outside in the mud on the farm. That was all well and good until it was time for some chores to be done. Suddenly my daughter couldn’t help with the washing, because it would mean she needed to change her shoes.

A reaction…

I was frustrated at having to listen to the ‘clip clop’ of the shoes all morning. Now I also had to contend with delays in getting work done around the house. I was less than pleased. Praise God that He worked in my heart to ask Him how I could learn from this opportunity instead of giving in to anger. I asked Him how He could use these shoes to teach me something, and He did…

A realization…

I gave my frustration to Him and prayed about the situation. And I felt Him ask me: “Child, what are your feet fitted with? What is the attitude of your heart? Are you ready to serve me at a moment’s notice, without having to change your attitude, or change your shoes?” I was immediately reminded of the verses in Philippians talking about the attitude that Jesus had. Although He was in fact God, He gave it up to be a servant on earth, humbling Himself to die on the cross in my place.

A decision…

Now whenever I hear my daughter coming down the stairs in her ‘clip clop’ shoes, I choose to examine my heart. I choose to humble myself, and thank God for a four year old in heels that reminds me that my attitude should be like Jesus’. And I ask myself if I am ready to serve.

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A question…

How about you?

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