Sunday, June 26, 2011

Never Say Never!

There is an old saying that it is a woman's prerogative to change her mind.  Perhaps that is what has happened, or perhaps it is maturity that lets me admit I am not always right and I can change my mind about things.

Twice in twenty-four hours I have found myself doing something I have said I would never do.  Both of these items have to do, oddly enough, with footwear.

I have always hated the type of sandals with a thong between the toes.  I haven't liked feeling something between my toes and or the way it seemed to separate my toes.

I was looking for a small pair of shoes to wear with a new skirt and I saw these sandals.  I loved the way they looked so much that even though they had the hated toe-thong, I decided to try them on anyway.  I was both surprised and delighted to find the sandals comfortable.  I couldn't believe I was purchasing the very type of shoes I had always said I would never wear.

I have also been looking for an alternative to tennis shoes.  Except for the gym, I just don't wear tennis shoes.  (I will purposefully refrain from using the word "never" here.)   I'm not sure why, I guess I haven't found ones  that really look like me.

In my search for tennis shoe alternates, I had hoped to find something that was also waterproof, which I could use as water shoes when we kayak.  (If you have never found yourself unexpectedly standing on the mucky bottom of a river delta, you might not understand the importance of water shoes.)

I was delighted last night to find shoes which were waterproof, cute and came in my favorite color -- red!

Well, I have always said I would never wear crocs as well, but that's exactly what these shoes were!  I guess I just need to retire that "never" word from my vocabulary.

The point is, we are all changing.  We change opinions, we change preferences, why some people even change hair colors!  If we are Christians, we should be changing on the inside as well. The Scriptures tell us that we all, "with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord," (2 Corinthians 3:18).

The Lord is working in and through us, in and through every aspect of our lives to change us into the image of "His dear Son".  May we be malleable clay, easily conformed to that image.

"And we know that all things work together 
for good to them that love God, 
to them who are the called according to His purpose. 
For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate 
to be conformed to the image of His Son, 
that He might be the firstborn among many brethren."
Romans 8:28, 29 

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