Archive for August 31st, 2008

Barefoot Sunday

This morning at Grace Capital Church we were challenged by Pastor Peter Bonanno to live with less and to be content.  The practical challenge to us all at the end of the message was to leave our shoes behind as we walked out of the service.  Our shoes would serve as a symbolic desire to learn to be content with what we have and to live with less in order that others could have something.

As we ended each of our services this morning we left our shoes.  When it was all said and done over 800 pairs of shoes were collected to be donated to Soles4Souls.  Soles4Souls has a simple mission: To impact as many lives as possible with the gift of shoes.  There are 300 million children in the world who have never owned a pair of shoes.  This morning we helped make a small dent in that number.  

Now, most days bare feet in the church would be a rare site.  Let’s face it, feet are ugly.  This morning they were a beautiful site.  It was truly an inspiring moment as a steady stream of people in each service walked barefoot to the front of the sanctuary to drop their shoes at the altar.  As the service ended and people walked out the doors toward their cars to head home, there was a new found look of freedom on many of their faces.  I know for me, I may never know who will be placing my size 10 Vans on their feet.  I pray that they are blessed and that this small token of generosity will serve as a great reminder to me for years to come as I strive to be thankful for what I have as I try to live with less.

If you are interested, you can listen to Peter’s message here.  May you be challenged to find ways to live with less in order to provide for those who have nothing.  It’s not about being frugal, it’s about being generous!  

May this bring about great heart change for me and for each person that made the barefoot stroll out of GCC today.