Will You Tie My Shoes?
Will You Tie My Shoes?
Apr 13, 2017
"My Thought for Your Day" by Paul Minzlaff
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Learning to tie your shoes is a basic skill that each of us was taught at an early age. To master the skill, you are required to have your fingers move in harmony with two thin strands of cord. It is a task we assume learned by all. This true story serves as a call to action for each of us, a call that awaits us daily, an opportunity for you to find true joy in your life.
Let me introduce you to Germanya, a ten year old girl who I have the pleasure of spending time with each week as she attempts to learn the game of basketball. Germanya is a soft spoken girl who, on a good day, standing tall, comes up to my waist. When she lifts the basketball to shoot, you are left with the impression that she must be lifting a ten pound weight. Germanya will not make a basket this year, but she did catch the ball for the first time in a game on Saturday. Progress is measured in small steps when you are ten years old. I have learned quickly to celebrate small wins with Germanya, as it brings me great joy. We don’t need to keep statistics to tell us we won. A smile and laughter tell me all I need to know.
Now back to the shoes. Before each practice and each Saturday morning game, Germanya comes to me and with a tender smile and grin and says, “Mr. M, will you tie my shoes?” What am I going to say? If Jesus could wash feet, certainly the request to tie smelly tennis shoes seems a reasonable request. So, down on my knees to tie the laces, first pulling them tight and then doubling them up so not to come undone. It is at this point Germanya is ready for whatever the basketball court will bring her way – often it is seat next to me on the bench.
Tying shoes – a pretty simple request don’t you think? So I ask you a more difficult question: who needs you to tie their shoes today? Who needs just a bit of your time to make a difference in their life? I have begun to realize that time is the most valuable resource our Lord provides us. Time cannot be reproduced, slowed down or paused. Remarkably, we all receive the same number of minutes each day. Once gone, time can’t be borrowed, transferred or saved. Who needs your words of encouragement today? Words are like seeds, when you speak you give life to what you are saying. It is your life that moves in the direction of your words. God desires you to think about what you can give today, rather than focusing on what you can get. When you give, you’ll get more joy than you could have ever imagined possible. Joy is the source of energy in life and love is our fuel. “I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.” Abraham Lincoln
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"I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint." Jeremiah 31:25