How do you feel about your feet?
I’ve never seen a statistic to back this up, but anecdotally I believe most people don’t love their feet.
I’m okay with mine. If my toe nails are done and I’ve been wearing shoes that don’t cause me blisters, I don’t find my feet repulsive. Now without those two variables in place, I’m not especially fond of them. Truth is, I have a hard time looking down at them because the sight of my unpainted toe nails makes me feel unlovely all the way up to my scalp.
Why am I blabbering on about feet?
Because I think God wants us to have beautiful feet.
Allow me to explain.
Months ago my husband (the pastor) invited our congregation to go to this weekend evangelism training. My first thought, “That’s wonderful!”
My second thought, “I sure hope he doesn’t think I’m going to that.”
But the Holy Spirit started working on me, and thanks to a combination of curiosity and peer pressure, I decided to attend.
That Saturday I had an opportunity to go out into our town and pray with people. It seemed scary at first, but in truth, I made it much harder in my head than it had to be. I kept anticipating that these strangers would say “no” when we asked them, “Can I pray for you about anything?” But, by-and-large, they didn’t. They were happy to have someone–a stranger–care about their needs.
My husband and I had the opportunity to pray with one woman holding a one-year-old baby. I could hear in her voice a trace of the new mom jitters. She asked that we pray with her daughter, and we did. We also took some time to ask Jenny what she believed about Jesus.
I can write about Jesus and what He’s done for me all day long. But, telling a stranger on the street . . .it seemed like that would be harder. It felt like that would lead to public flogging, great pain, and distress.
It wasn’t hard.
In fact, instead of feeling drained from a morning of evangelism, I felt encouraged. Refreshed, even.
I usually encourage you to look up if you want to be free from your body image issues.
But, today, I want you to look down. Look at your toes, your feet.
Are your feet doing what they’re designed to do?
Are your feet going, sharing the Gospel with others? Are your feet helping you spread truth?
See, the ironic thing is, whether or not our toes are hairy and un-manicured, even if we have blisters and bunions (of foot fungus, uck!), our feet can help us find freedom from comparison and negative body image. What we choose to do with our feet can make a big difference in how we feel about our bodies.
When we use our feet to pursue His purpose for our lives, we take our eyes off ourselves and our problems and focus them on eternity. What really matters in this life? Why am I really here?
To tell more people about him.
God’s number one secret to beautiful feet is captured in this verse from Isaiah:
How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, and says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7
Who needs you to bring them good news?