This blog was posted last December and it is one of my favorites. Because it is so fitting for the Christmas Season, I wanted to share it again with you. For those of you who may have read it last year, it is a great reminder of how important we each are in our purpose here on earth. For those of you reading this for the first time…enjoy.
Have you ever had a strap break, a sole wear out, or a stitch come loose on one of your favorite shoes? This has happened to me several times and I am pretty partial to a comfortable set of heels. What about your kids? Have they had a similar situation with a favorite bag or backpack? Let me introduce you to “the shoe guy”.
There is a small business called Shoe Wiz Shoe Repair in a town nearby that is owned by a very kind, seemingly simple guy. His business has been around for years, I only discovered it about 3 years ago. Anytime we have a minor material flaw in our shoes, purses, backpacks or belts, I say “the shoe guy to the rescue!” It really is almost as simple as that. I am required to get in my car, drop off the damaged goods, pick up the “good as new item” several days later and pay a very minimal fee. I am not sure about you, but I get so excited just telling you about how valuable “the shoe guy” is to our lives. You might be thinking it would be easier to trash the item and have a great excuse for replacing it with something new. Not me! We are on a budget and if I can pay $8 to restore my awesome boots, you better believe I am going for that option…every time!
I am pretty sure that “the shoe guy” has no idea how much joy he brings to my life through his business, although I do plan to share this with him. I have no idea if “the shoe guy” would say he is living out his God-given purpose. It would be easy for me to say he is, given the amount of joy he brings to my life through his business. I used to think that a person had to be a minister, a choir member or a Sunday school teacher to be living out a purposeful life. I have since learned that God has placed a specific purpose on our lives and it may not take place in a church setting. God has a brilliant imagination, each of us are purposed uniquely.
All God wants from us for Christmas is our heart, to love Him with a passion that is unmatched. When we give Him this gift, it becomes natural to follow His plans for our lives. When living inside His purpose, we are having an unbelievable impact on the lives of those around us, although we may not realize it. Let’s remember this is the season of giving. Use the talents and gifts you have been graciously granted and give someone joy through that obedience.
Be someone’s shoe guy…and may God bless the ones who are yours.