Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Beautiful Feet

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And how are they to preach unless they are sent? 
As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those 
who preach the good news!"
 Romans 10:15 ESV

Paul is quoting from Isaiah when he writes to the Romans about the beautiful feet of those who bring good news.  I had never really been "caught up" in this verse before, but a pastor at our church referenced it a couple of weekends ago, and I was on worship team that weekend, so I heard it four different times and it snuck deep inside my heart.
  • I want to be beautiful.  
  • I want to have an impact.
  • I want to change the world. 
But, how can I do that as and still be a wife, daughter, mother (of a child with special needs) and substitute teacher?  I'm a sister, cousin, and friend.  

How can I do it all?

Well, let's look closer at the original verse that Paul referenced here.  The Prophet Isaiah said:  

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who 
bring good news, 
who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, 
who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, 
"Your God reigns!"
Isaiah 52:7 NIV

What is Isaiah saying here?  What do we need to do in order to have these "beautiful feet?"
  • Bring Good News
  • Proclaim Peace
  • Proclaim Salvation
  • Remind people that OUR GOD REIGNS
Have we allowed ourselves to become swept up in the fear of the political turmoil in our world? Have we allowed ourselves to become persuaded by the fear propaganda which is so prevalent in our society and on social media?  Have we allowed ourselves to become OF the world and not just IN the world?  

We are supposed to be spreading PEACE, and proclaiming there is a way to SALVATION, and declaring IT'LL BE OKAY BECAUSE GOD IS IN CONTROL!

THIS is the person that I want to be.  

So, when I choose the activities in which I will be involved, when I select the way I'll spend my time on social media, or when I decide which programs to watch after my daughter is in bed, I'll ask myself these questions:

Does it proclaim peace?
Does it proclaim salvation?  
Does it remind me and others that God IS in Control?  (Because, no matter what we see on the surface...HE IS.)

Pray:  Heavenly Father, help me.  This world loves to rile me up inside and get me all worried about the future.  I pray that I don't do that to others.  I pray that I can let your peace wash over me and speak through me.  Help me to be the beautiful feet which proclaim your Good News.  Amen

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