How to Apply the Lessons of Stinky Feet

What did you learn from yesterday’s article Lessons of Stinky Feet?  Read the article in the Jackson Sun here.

Pope Francis made a bold decision to wash the feet of those whom broke with church tradition.  He stepped out and did something no Pope had ever done before.

Do you remember the last time you did something for the first time?

I remember Dr. Bob Long, senior pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, telling a story of the annual trip he and his family take to Colorado.  He reminisced about the place they normally stay, the places they normally eat, and all of the other things they “normally” do.  He knew so many who always ate at “XYZ Restaurant” followed by the normal location for morning coffee as they prepared to ski the same slope they had skied for years.  At some point in this journey he decided there might be so much more awaiting on the other side of the valley.

I don’t know about you, but this really hit home with me.  We are such creatures of habit, we have probably eaten at the same restaurants, driven to work the same way, or gone to the same locations for vacation each year.

Pope Francis could have found those closest to him, and while maintaining tradition, washed their feet.  If he had done this, what would have been missed?

1.  Blessing of the least of these – If he had followed tradition, the lives of those whom he chose to wash their feet would have not been touched.  When we get out of our comfort zones to bless others our lives move from a place of success to a place of significance, and the lives of those we bless are never the same.  This does not always have to be something which comes with loud trumpets, but rather lends itself to everyday moments of appreciating those who are not expecting it.

2.  Blessing of ourselves – By expanding the possibilities which lie before each of us, we are more atune to what is happening around us.  When you put yourselves in places you’ve never been before, you realize all the things which probably went unnoticed in our typical environment.  I am reminded of driving the same route to work everyday, and when someone is in the car with me and they notice something I’ve never seen before.  We get complacent and do not pay attention when we are going through the motions.

3.  Personal growth – Have you ever wondered why it is easier to blow up a balloon after you stretch it out?  The same is true when you experience new things.  You have been stretched, making it easier for you to get wind in your sails.

Please comment below – Where did you step out?  When was the last time you did something for the first time?

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