• David Osteen

Parable: Pebble in the Shoe

There once was a man With a pebble in his shoe What would he do? Oh what would he do?

"Take it out!"

Seem logical to you? But he wouldn't take out The pebble in his shoe

What would he do With the pebble in his shoe? Just leave it in there And let it stew?

It stewed up anger It stewed up strife It stewed up annoyance All through his life

So what would he do With this pebble in his shoe? "Nothing at all!" He thought best to do

So with the pebble in his shoe

The discomfort grew and grew

No relief in sight

Oh what would he do?!

Then more pebbles came

With no end in sight

Walking each day

Was a terrible fright

Walking now on gravel

Day after day

Life was a misery

From June through May

Then one day

The pain began to fade

It had finally worked!

Callouses the pebbles had made

So now no more pain From the pebbles in the shoes The only problem now? He could feel nothing else too...

So the moral of the story is To problems not ignore And in your heart Troubles and grudges, do not store

To walk each day Without pebbles in your shoes Is a lot more comfortable A life to choose

So in life take the time To resolve any negative issues And don't live life With pebbles in your shoes

What might be a pebble in your shoe?

“For if you forgive men of their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” – Matthew 6:14-15 When we are mad, upset, frustrated, angry, and/or disappointed with someone; is bearing the grudge in our heart towards them truly worth it? Is it worth our soul? Is it truly better to walk through life with that “pebble in your shoe”, rather than to address the issue directly (with understanding and compassion of course), and resolve it?

Are you walking on gravel? “Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34

Are you adding the troubles of each day one upon another? Are you bringing the ill-perceived troubles of tomorrow upon your heart today? And what good is that doing? How is that helping your life? How is that helping your health? Wouldn’t it be much better to remove that “pebble” of anxiousness from your shoe this day; and rather, to enjoy the blessings God has placed in the life of the faithful (Matthew 6:33)

Is there a pebble in YOUR shoe? “And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? – Matthew 7:3

Isn’t it easy to spot others living life with pebbles in their shoes? Why is it so hard for us to feel the pebbles in our own shoes? Is it perhaps because they’ve already worn callouses upon our heart; where we can notice them no more? Have we become blind to the pain, and therefore, think we have none? We can see the foolishness of the man in the parable, just trying to live life ignoring the problem. My plea is, may we never become him! May we never fool ourselves into thinking that, “the best way to resolve a problem is to ignore it.” But rather, let us be resolved of heart to look to ourselves, to judge ourselves, so as to be able and willing to remove any “pebbles” from our shoes.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:21

Is it the will of God for us to walk through this journey of life with “pebbles in our shoes”? If so, then for what did Jesus die? If not, then why do we so oftentimes do it? If we have been living with negative issues in our lives, then may we this day, resolve in our heart to take those pebbles out our shoes once and for all, and resolve any negative issues in a positive godly way.

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