I’ll Take Your Shoes (Be Grateful, part 2)

All Hail to the Christ Within!

Challenges and tragedies have visited all of us. Our challenges don’t have to define us. Our tragedies don’t have to destroy us. We have to take a stand and decide to be successful.

One of the first steps to achieving success is knowing that you have a purpose. God has a great purpose for us all. No one is a mistake. No one is a waste. Of course, there are millions of people who have wasted their lives and died in defeat. But that fact doesn’t change the reality that they did have a divine purpose.

I wanted to follow up my Be Grateful: A Writing Assignment post challenge with another challenge of sorts. While you’re working on your detailed list of things to be grateful for, consider that someone would love to be in your shoes. Joe South beautifully sang these words many years ago: “Walk a mile in my shoes, walk a mile in my shoes. Yeah, before you abuse, criticize and accuse, walk a mile in my shoes.” While the song is addressed to others, I do believe it can be directed inwardly.

Too many of us hate on—or outright hate—ourselves. This lack of self-love is a major source of ungratefulness. Why be grateful when life is so glum, gloomy, and dreary? Why be grateful when my shoes—my life—is so much worse than so many others? Have you ever asked yourself these questions? You are not alone! I have too.

Thank God we are all walking in great shoes. The Spirit is carrying me to Exodus 3, where Moses encountered God through the burning bush. God said, “Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5b) Moses was in a dark place. He was living out the rest of his years in seclusion. But God had great things for him to do. For sure, Moses was surprised by this instruction. How can this be holy ground? The way I look? The way I feel? This place can’t be holy? Can it?

The place where you stand is holy ground. Despite how you may feel about your life—someone would look at your life and say, “I’ll take your shoes.” Be grateful for where you are right now. If you see that you have a long way to go then be grateful for that. Be grateful that you are aware that you need to grow and work harder. Be grateful that you have a mind to think. If you can think clearly and walk by faith, you are next in line for a miracle. Be grateful. Things are looking up!

I have the honor to be your obedient servant,
Rev. George H. Latimer-Knight
Written December 1, 2016

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