thoughts from pastor chris
What kind of shoes are you wearing?
One of my favorite movies is called the Shawshank Redemption. In it, the wrongly convicted Andy Dufrane escapes from federal prison wearing the warden’s highly polished shoes. It was the only really risky part of an elaborate escape plan, but, as Andy says in the movie, “How often do you notice a man’s shoes.”
A few weeks ago, I noticed everyone’s shoes. We celebrated “Sneaker Sunday” as the congregation was asked to wear sneakers to church in support of our goal of donating over 100 pairs of sneakers for the children of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. It was quite humorous to see folks dressed up in church clothes wearing sneakers!
Yet, what was comical to us is vital to these children. To Christ, what we wear on our feet is important! In Ephesians 6:15, Paul instructs us to make sure our feet are fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
I hope the shoes we sent to Haiti and the DR will be a blessing to the kids there. I hope their feet will be prepared for the running, jumping and playing that they are sure to enjoy! But even more, I hope their feet will be fitted with the Gospel – that these kids will take steps, walking in the ways of the Lord.
What kind of shoes are you wearing today?
What is a prayer warrior?
Have you ever been called a prayer warrior? When I hear that term, I envision an old lady with scabby knees kneeling in a shabby, sparse, but clean room with nothing to do with her time but ... pray. My concept of a prayer warrior changed, however, when I was in college. One of my college professors, who was also my next-door neighbor, asked me to pray for her son, who was going through a difficult time in his life. I'll never forget what she said to me: "I wanted to ask you to pray for him because I know you are a prayer warrior."
I've never considered myself a prayer warrior. I don't pray nearly enough to qualify for that title. I can't think of enough miraculous, amazing stories of my answered prayers to allow me such a lofty position. Yet, there I was being considered a great warrior of prayer. The interesting thing is ... guess what her comment did for me. Yep. I began to pray more. I thought, "maybe I am a prayer warrior, after all."
The truth is, a prayer warrior may not look like you think. In fact, you might be a prayer warrior, yourself. Ephesians 6:12 teaches us that are battle is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual powers. Everytime we send a prayer up, we are fighting a spiritual battle.