These Boots Were Made For Joy

Paul’s boots were made for walking

As I read a letter in the Bible written by Paul last week on a warm, sunny morning, coffee in hand, and sweatpants in place,

I began thinking about how he possibly could have walked this earth with so much hardship – yet so much assurance.

Paul had an assurance of God’s joy, of His love, and of His peace.

Philippians 4:11-13

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Paul walked the Earth with one goal in mind. He wanted to share with people what it means to truly live, to have abundant life, and for him, It meant expressing exactly who changed his life from helplessness to freedom.

What boots could Paul have chosen, instead?

He could have chosen to walk in despair, yet he walked in joy. (2 Corinthians 4:8-12)

 He could have chosen to walk in fear while he was in jail, but he proclaimed what he knew to be true instead. (Philippians 1:12-14)

 He could have walked in depression from feeling rejected by other people, but instead he rejoiced. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Paul knew His ‘boots’ were made for a greater purpose, so he walked fearlessly.

“And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15).

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