As I was sweeping up the empty Kidology HQ I noticed a favorite (and heavy!) puppet prop that I almost left behind! I had stashed it under the sink in the utility area so we missed it while packing. It is a pair of Gus, my puppet’s, shoes stuck in concrete! I’m sure the next tenants would have thought the previous occupants of the building were mafia that used to shake young children down for money judging by the size of the shoes! Actually, it is from a construction theme in Kids Church when Gus ignored some warning signs and stepped into wet concrete and got stuck! It took several men to carry him out and pry him loose to free him! Every time I see this prop it brings a chuckle as I remember his painful ordeal!
And yet, at the same time, as I reflect on this funny prop and my silly puppet, I can’t help thinking that I too have my own reminders of times that I ignored warning signs and got stuck in my own messy situations. I too needed godly friends to pry me loose.
If you ever find yourself in a situation where you are stuck – you have a choice. You can stay there, immobilized by your sin, or you can choose to leave the shoes behind. You can try to do it alone, but if you are normal, like me, you will find that is impossible. You will need to ask for help. The good news is, you will find people eager to help and surprisingly gracious. So whether it is an ensnaring sin, a forbidden relationship, or an unhealthy addiction to unbalanced ministry, or a combination of the above, choose to leave the shoes behind! I didn’t say it would be easy, but it will be worth it. Everyone’s concrete is different, but the solution is always the same: Jesus and His Church.
What are you waiting for? Leave the shoes behind!