This morning after mi kids left for school and I was left home to tend to the morning chores that I have to do (or sometimes impose myself to do), I went to my closet to dress up for work. I selected a suit, a shirt, tie, belt and of course my shoes. Then it hit me. These are very nice, comfortable shoes but they didn’t look particularly clean. So even when I don’t like to do it I headed to clean and polish them. This is a process I don’t like, because you get your hands dirty and sticky and after you finish you have to wash your hands very thoroughly so the wax is removed.
Obviously, I am not a professional at doing this, but I do make sure that everything is clean and polished. This is my process: I start by using a coarse brush to wipe clean the entire shoe. Then I select the polishing wax and apply it either by hand or by a smaller brush that is able to penetrate the most intricate places of the shoe, around the sole and between the laces. I let it to dry a little and start brushing out the excess with the same brush I started with. It makes me feel good when I start to see the luster coming out. But there is still more to do. This luster is still a little dull. For that I have another brush, that has more softer and gentle bristles that when applied to the shoe more luster is revealed. This is a brush I like to use, because it reveals the nicer shoe that I was looking for. I also use a cloth, that will polish even further what the brush had already treated and left behind.
While I was doing this, I started to think how God polishes our character every day, if we let Him. You see, a decision needs to be made. That is, the realization that you need cleaning and polishing. And after that, heading to a place or towards the circumstance that will start that process. Once there, if one is to dirty and dull, a coarse brush will do the first job of cleaning and preparing the surface, then you will receive that what is missing, that which will polish you life. Once that is applied the excesses are removed and the luster starts to be revealed. After that only finishing touches and maintenance would be the only thing needed.
Decide today to head out to the polishing pit. Decide today to maintain your life in absolute luster. And even when situations appear to be very coarse and hurtful in your life and you might not understand them, it may be that God will use them to clean and polish you. It may be the only way that the luster of your life will be revealed to the world and make the best impression ever. Maybe God is using this circumstance, this uncomfortable moment to turn around your life and make it shine like never before. It all starts with one decision that only you can make. So go ahead, polish your shoes.
“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”
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