“Mom, those are Dorothy slippers!” I said, admiring how adorable they were.
If you’ve seen The Wizard of Oz, you probably would think the same thing I did when I saw them.
I wonder: If a trivial object like red slippers can trigger an immediate response, how much more powerful are our words and actions? What do people think when they see us coming?
Isaiah 52:7 describes the type of “shoes” we should want to have:
How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
who publishes salvation … (ESV)
Do we spread good news or gossip? Are we quick to encourage or tell others about Jesus? Remember, the “preparation of the gospel of peace” should be part of our Every Day Carry (Ephesians 6) that we learned about last week on Lindsey’s site.
But I’ll be the first to admit. Some days, I’m not bubbling over with joy or enjoying the overwhelming peace of God’s presence. I get tired and weary just like the next person.
How do we keep our shoes “polished” when our souls feel less than sparkly?
- Spend time daily with God, rain or shine. Like any relationship, our relationship with Him requires work. He’s always ready to meet with us when we lay aside the “stuff” that weighs us down (Hebrews 12:1).
- Thank God for your blessings (I Thessalonians 5:18). Ask Him to use you, and be prepared to do what He says.
- Praise God even when you don’t feel especially joyful. Open a hymnbook, and meditate on the words. Or, sing along to Rend Collective’s “Joy of the Lord” until the truth sinks in. The joy of the Lord, not the things that bring temporary happiness, is your strength.
How do you keep your shoes “polished” and prepared to share God’s joy and good news? Please leave a comment below, and be an encouragement to someone else today.
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