“Hey Buddy, where’s your other shoe?”
“I don’t kno-o-ow.”
“Your mom will be here to pick you up any minute. Will you please help me look for it?”
“But I don’t know where it is!”
“Look under the sofa and the chair. Where did you take them off?”
“I don’t kno-o-ow.”
Have you had some form of that conversation at your house? Shoes are sneaky. They walk off by themselves at the worst of times.
After having that conversation with my then three-year-old grandson, I devised a plan. Rather than looking all over creation for one or two missing shoes, I trained him to put his shoes on the bottom stair of the staircase every time he came to visit. He took them off anyway. Why not put them in the same place every time so they could be easily grabbed when his mom whisked him out the door?
Today, when all four grandchildren visit, the bottom stair looks like a shoe store. The youngest still needs a reminder sometimes, but he’s getting the hang of it. Small forms of discipline give us a chance to focus on bigger things.
I realize I’m a Bible nerd, and not everyone is bent that way. I can’t help but stay amazed by the intricate details woven through the Bible’s pages. The more I read, the more I want to know. Just making the smallest connections between the Old and New Testament for the first time thrills my soul. Minutes easily turn into hours. Reading something in Hebrews sends me flying back to Deuteronomy. Mining Isaiah shuttles me toward the four gospels. Reviewing the Israelite history lessons in Acts teleport me back in time to Genesis and Exodus.
The Bible is an incredible book! If you’re looking for a way to get started on your own journey try this link and jump headfirst into today’s reading – and keep reading. Read for story, not for facts. Take time to enter into the story.Take the place of the people you read about. See what they saw. Hear what they heard. Feel what they felt. In other words, put yourself in their shoes for a while.
When you’re finished, step into the footprints of Jesus, and go love somebody! Who knows, that kind of discipline might bless you with a staircase full of new disciples.