I was around 27 when I got my first pedicure. It was right before my wedding and my mom and I went together. I was a little nervous b/c no one had ever handled my feet before. Everything was going really well. My feet were soaking in the warm water and and I just sat back and chatted it up with my mom! And then the little lady came over and took my foot and began to buff off all of the hard calloused areas on my feet. And then it happened. The little woman looked up at me and in her thick Asian accent asked “You raised on farm?” I could not believe it! My mom and I began laughing so hard. “Why yes ma’am I kind of was raised on a farm.”
Have you ever stopped to think about the pedicure process? Let’s think about 2 things. One, callouses form on your feet when something rubs up against them so long that they become hard. Two, in order to remove the rough, hardened skin, you have to rub something else against it. Most often a pumice stone is used to remove the dead hardened skin. How is it that it’s the same action but each cause a different result? Shoes or rocks or other things rub up against your feet over a period of time and your feet become hard and calloused. But take a pumice stone and rub it up against your feet and the result is soft, smooth feet feeling refreshed and ready to go.
Well I’ve heard and read a lot of things regarding the Christian church in America lately and I’ll be honest it can get overwhelming. I have my opinions regarding many of the topics but more than that, I’ve been looking into my own heart. What do I do when I don’t care for a modern day church tradition? How do I process what appears to be unbiblical conduct by individuals who claim to be followers of Christ? How do I make sure I am walking in obedience to what the Word of God teaches?
I won’t deal with all those answers in this blog, but I will share my conclusion. I need a Hearticure! As things begin to rub me one way or the other, I truly believe I have a choice as to weather I allow it to callous my heart or make it tender towards the things of God. I’ve been hanging out in Ephesians 4 and this sticks out to me:
4 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Listen if you know me you know that I have opinions. You know that I often represent those opinions in a passionate fashion (not typically through a blog or social media though). But My desire is to KNOW God’s Word and to stand for TRUTH in a world where truth is being skewed on so many levels. In reality MY opinion doesn’t matter at all! It’s His Word alone that matters! I don’t have all the answers. I don’t even know how to process all that I hear and read from the contradicting sides of “Christianity.” But I do know that if I’m not careful to constantly be checking my own heart, I too can become hard. If I’m not diligent about KNOWING God’s Word for myself, I too can become rough around the edges when conversing with others.
So as I read God’s Word, I pray that my heart will soak in it’s truth and soften to the leading of the Holy Spirit. May HIS words gently sluff away the hard calloused nature so that my character will become more like Christ. I don’t want to compromise His Word even the slightest. I want to stand strong in the wake of the enemy’s sly tactics. But may I stand as Christ did. My prayer is that I will walk in a manner worthy of the calling, with all humility and gentleness, bearing with one another in love and eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. After all, our love for one another will show all people that we are true disciples of Christ (John 13:34-35).