Short Bus Insights-My Fast Shoes

Posted: February 10, 2014 in Uncategorized
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School Bus 6

 

This past week, one of the Pre-K students I drive home on the noon route told me something that made me say, “What?”  He said, “Mr. Josh, I have on my fast shoes today!”  My reply was simple, “Your fast shoes?”

 

“Yeah, they are really fast, faster than the other kids at school.”

 

Of course, his shoes do not make him faster, or do they?  Having been privileged to grow up in the 90s, I am fully aware of and have most lines memorized of the movie Sandlot.  As some of you may recall, Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez called upon his fast shoes to retrieve the lost “Baby Ruth” signed baseball.  His P.F. Flyers, “shoes guaranteed to make a kid run faster and jump higher.”  And as we all know, he got the ball back.

 

But taking into consideration the over-exaggeration that Hollywood likes to add into kids’ movies, we can likely agree that fast shoes are really shoes that make you believe you can run faster.  It is all a mindset.  Much like “Michael’s Secret Stuff” given to the Looney Tunes in Space Jam, another great 90s classic.  It is about confidence.

 

It is important to have confidence in ourselves at times; however, we can be too confident.  In fact, that confidence can turn into pride.  We may believe that we have all the answers, we are the best, or we know God the most intimately.  And this can lead to a destructive path.

 

When I think about fast shoes, I think about Elijah.  I know it seems like a leap, but bear with me.  1 Kings 18:46 “And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah, and he gathered up his garment and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.”  Here we get a slight glimpse of all the Spirit of God really can do.  Unlike shoes, he can actually make us run faster.  In fact, Elijah raced Ahab to Jezreel and Ahab was in chariots!  It would have been an easy thing for Elijah to say, “Take that Ahab!  Eat my dust.  I am quicker than you and all your chariots.”  But he did not.  He did not have the habit of boasting about himself, but rather gave credit where credit was due.  Later in Elijah’s story he did lose focus.  He began to believe that he was alone in his journey with God.  That there were none other than him still faithful to God.  He even wanted God to take his life.  But God met him under a tree and told him that there were still 7,000 that believed.  Elijah was not alone.  Read about it here.

 

Many times God shows up in our lives and we give him the credit.  We know that only God could make things work out the way they did.  Only God is that faithful and controlling.  The problem comes when God shows himself so much that he begins to lose the credit because we think we are deserving or are somehow worthy of God working in our lives.

 

We begin to think that God does things in our lives because of us.  When in fact, God does things in our lives because God’s will must be carried out.  While we may think it’s because of our shoes, or our prayers, or our giving, or our church attendance that God shows himself faithful, it is really all about God.  God is faithful because God is faithful.  His characteristics do not rely on man.  He is not loving only if we pray.  He does not show grace just because we attend church.  He loves because he is love.  He is gracious because that is his character.

 

Jeremiah 9:24 “but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”

 

Read more about our boasting in these verses:

 

2 Corinthians 12:6
2 Corinthians 12:9
Galatians 6:14
Ephesians 2:8-10
James 1:9
James 4:16

 

So my challenge for myself and for you is to always remember that it’s all about God.  It’s not about our abilities, or training, or our routines; it’s about the character of God.

 

As the song O Great Love goes by Robbie Seay Band:  “I cannot boast in anything, but Jesus Christ my God and King.”

 

In Christ’s Love,
Josh

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