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Happy Shoes

Yesterday as I sat in the waiting room of a doctor’s office, I scanned the room and surveyed everyone’s shoes. I know this sounds weird, but I was not in a “happy state of mind” and was doing my best to avoid eye contact with everyone. My observation was that you could tell the approximate age of a person, the activities they were doing for the day, and even their type of personality all by the look of their shoes. My observation was somewhat correct until I laid my eyes on a pair of Nike tennis shoes. I admired these shoes. They made me smile and a twinge of happiness fluttered in my heart (The only thing missing was glitter on them LOL) They were bright pink with bright orange shoelaces. It was a pair that you would find on a younger person.

The owner of these “happy shoes” was not what I was expecting. She was a lady approximately in her mid-eighties and she too, admired her shoes as much as I was. She kept lifting her feet in the air and smiling at her shoes. I saw her as a lady full of spunk and joy. I also saw her as a compassionate person as she jumped up to help a women struggling to push her husband, in his wheelchair, out of the office. I remember the old saying, “You should never judge a book by it’s cover”. Well, in this case it would be, “You should never judge someone by their shoes”. She had a lot more spunk than I did in that moment.

Later in the day I kept thinking about the lady and her shoes. I realized that it was not the shoes that I admired, but the feet that took residence in those shoes. I remembered a topic that I heard last once at a conference. The talk was about how we should always be students and never a critic. We should never criticize, nor judge that of which we do not understand. I pray that we all follow this, especially myself and my family. I pray that we will forever be students for God. Always learning from our past generations and learning from our future generations. Learning how to be BOLD, how to worship God, how to LOVE OTHERS, and bring people to that which brings “TRUE HAPPINESS”. A happiness that can only be found by a relationship with our loving God.

In a book Love Does, by Bob Goff, he states, “Love is never stationary. In the end, love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put; love does.” I pray that we do not become “stationary” within the walls of ourselves just because we do not understand the changes that are happening with each generation. You see, it is not about filling the pews in a church, but about filling
Heaven. So, no matter what “shoes” are on my feet, may they move me to be bold in sharing Christ for all of His power, all of His glory, and all of His love. May I never judge others by what they wear, say, or do, but instead learn from them and show them who Christ is by my actions. May the future generations learn from the past and not become “stationary”, but continuously be a student as well.

Alicia Wallman

**Love has hands to help others. It has feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has
eyes to see misery and want. It has ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of me. This
is what love looks like. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

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