Pastor's Pen: Time for new shoes

By Layton Dutton

Associate Pastor of Youth

Calvary Baptist Church, Evart

It’s time to get new shoes. I don’t really want to, but it is time. I’ve had my old ones for about two years. The outside looks fine, but the inside is starting to wear out. It began about a year ago.

At first, the thin fabric your foot rests on came up. Every time I put my foot in, it would wrinkle underneath. I fixed it somewhat. Then, a few months ago, I noticed the skin on my ankle was getting scraped off.

“What happened?” I thought.

I looked in my shoe and a plastic piece had come through the inside and was scraping my ankles. This happened in both shoes, but I fixed it with the all-American fix-it tool, duct tape. That has lasted quite a while, however, I noticed the other day that the outside is beginning to loosen up. Perhaps I should have bought them long ago, but now it’s becoming obvious that I need new shoes.

The same is true in our lives. Our hearts and minds begin to compromise a little and sin becomes acceptable. It’s not noticeable to others. Our lives are running fine.

We make appointments, maintain friendships and everyone is happy. But those “little sins” slowly erode the heart and we eventually have to use bigger lies to cover our faults.

We attempt to control it and prevent it from taking over, but somehow it continues to rip deeper into our lives. Then there is a turning point, a decision-making time. We must decide whether to continue to cover what can no longer be covered, give-in completely or get rid of it totally.

Christ has no regard for the first two options. He is only there for the third. He will take your old life and make you a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). He will change your thoughts and give you an entirely new way of life (Ephesians 4:23).

Your old way of life is eating away at your heart. It is causing grief and stress, but you are uncertain if you can change. Truthfully, you cannot. But God can. He will take the old and make it new. He will bring a freedom that will lift your burden.

Give it all to Him and let Him give you a new heart, a new attitude and a new lease on life. It’s time for something new.