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Soles and Souls

Last night I watched a sweet little munchkin named Audrey.

After a trip to the park and a good stroller ride we came back to the house to wait for her mama, who is part of our 20’s and 30’s group.

The first thing Audrey wanted to do was to take off her socks and shoes and get comfy.

There is just something about baby feet that makes my heart turn inside out.

Sweet little pink-painted piggies wiggling and curling as I tickled them.  Quarter inch toes that just begged to be kissed.  Fresh little feet that are just beginning the journey of walking, both literally and figuratively.

No calluses.  No bunions or corns or any other deformities that happen after a lifetime of use.

Such a stark contrast to the feet I saw in the nursing home.  Twisted and non-functioning.  Feet that time has had its way with.  Feet that have trekked countless miles and have taken these souls (and soles) through innumerable joys and heartaches.

Life has a way of changing us, both inside and out.

And while the outer changes might show that toll, we have the incredible opportunity to allow the inner transformations to be nothing less than beautiful.

If we view each day as a fresh new encounter with God and with all He has for us to learn and experience, our insides can become more and more like Audrey’s precious little feet – beautiful, kissable, soft.  Ready for the adventure ahead.

(Which is, of course, better than the alternative of a heart hardened by calluses of bitterness.  Twisted and deformed by the happenings of life.)

While our soles might age with little grace, our souls can grow in beauty from here to eternity….

Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

1 Samuel 16:7 –  The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Ezekiel 36:26 – I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.



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