In a book I’m currently reading by Brene’ Brown, she discusses the advice one mother gave to her daughter to be a better person. Her advice was simple but uncommon. She said, when a neighbor has something go wrong, be the one who walks over, knocks on the door and delivers the book or the casserole. She said to be the one who gets up and goes to the funeral. Be the one who walks someone’s kids to school for them. Be the one who picks up the extra flower at the store and walks it over to their house or who brings the extra box of cookies to school for the one who forgot or didn’t have time.
This really spoke to me as I thought about the beautiful feet in our lesson today. He doesn’t say our hands can’t be beautiful, they can with the work we do for others. Or that our lips can’t be beautiful, they can when we say kind and uplifting words. That our brains can’t be beautiful, they can when we share a deeper understanding of scriptures. That our eyes can’t be beautiful, they can when we see others as God sees them. Our hearts…. Even our knees can be beautiful when they bow down in prayer to God for others. But the starting point is with our feet. It is going and it is showing up.
The opposite of walking across the street is to do what so many others do today. We gawk. We gossip. We blame. We talk about how awful it is. We talk about how could that happen in our neighborhoods. We stand about and separate ourselves and feel better about ourselves because, well, that didn’t happen to us.
But the feet that cross the street, that go to the funeral, that show up and deliver the message of Christ are beautiful because they are the anointed feet of our Lord.
A1: rcv power of H/S, be witnesses: Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth
A13: Jews rejected so Paul and Barnabas preached to gentiles – light for Gentiles, salvation to ends of earth
R15: Preach where Christ is not known
2C2:God opens doors and leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal processions to spread aroma
2C10: as faith grows, message is shared to surrounding regions
Missionaries and all who take God’s word and spread it to others. Because they bring good news and proclaim salvation for God reigns
so far to kids… preparing me for something