“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Life Lesson: Barefoot and Frustrated

For 40 years I have believed that it was illegal to drive barefoot.  It happened when I was probably about 7 and lived in the state of Maryland.  My dad had driven the wrong way up a one way street.  The police pulled him over.  And I remember that he wasn't wearing shoes.  And I remember that he said to me they told him he couldn't drive barefoot.

Since that day, I have been convinced that if I drove barefoot I would be given a ticket if pulled over for another reason.  I would have gone to the mat on it.  I would not drive barefoot ever and I would not let anyone drive barefoot. 

Our 16 year old son is taking driver's ed.  I had to attend the required parental meeting.  In that meeting the instructor said that if a student arrived to practice driving with sandals on that they would have to remove their sandals and drive barefoot.  No sandals.  Bare feet... Huh?

So, was that only true for Oregon?  I looked up the Maryland DMV and sure enough... it is legal to drive barefoot.

I was numb.  I was angry.  I was frustrated.  All those years that I rushed to ruin my freshly painted pedicure because I believed it was illegal to not wear shoes while driving.  Humph.

I know it seems trite.  It is.  But the truth is that I really would have gone to the mat on something that I learned in my childhood and believed it was true.  I never questioned it.  For 40 years!

And the lesson of all this AND why I am sharing it with you... What else did I learn in my childhood that isn't true?  What other beliefs have I left unchallenged?  Not driving barefoot didn't scar me for life, but I wonder if there are other things I have adopted as truth that if I took the time to look at them would prove to be untrue.

Actually, I'm a little afraid to let my heart and mind go there.  But I won't go alone.  God will go with me.  And some of you will walk alongside me, too.

And I wonder if you might have something that you need to challenge, too?  Perhaps related to your value and worth.  It might be difficult but it might be life-changing. 

And you can be certain of this - The next time I go for a pedicure you can bet I'll leave the nail salon sans shoes!  Want to join me?