Pastor Wrinkles: Socks With Sandals

I admit I am a bit of a rebel…at least when it comes to foot wear. I find myself bucking the conventions of podiatric propriety all the time. I wear socks with sandals on a regular basis 100_2902

 and I almost always wear white socks with my black suit and dress shoes.

Pastors by definition live in a fish bowl. Our lives are open for all to see and criticize down to the finest detail (even our footwear believe it or not). Right or wrong, it’s a part of the vocation we all learn to live with and pattern our lives around.  I suppose how I choose to dress my feet is my little way of sticking it to the man. 🙂

All kidding aside though, we all “wear socks with sandals” in certain areas of our lives.  There are  things each of us have decided we are just going to be stubborn about. Sometimes our stubborn streaks are given to nothing more serious than wearing socks with sandals or whether or not we will eat broccoli. Yet there are also times when we pitch the battle flag on more serious hills and determine that no matter what people say, come hell or high water, we aren’t giving ground.

When our nonnegotiables are based around biblical holiness we should keep them no matter what people say; But there are times when our nonnegotiables  flaunt Scripture and God’s purposes. We know it. We recognize it. Our best friends and even our pastors are warning us off and yet we still insist on “socks with sandals” even after God has told us to get with His fashion trend.

My question to you today is:

What area of your life is a “socks with sandals” area?

Is your stubbornness healthy or self-destructive?

If it is self-destructive what are you going to do about it?

10 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: Socks With Sandals

  1. your questions convict me Joseph…thank you. It occurs to me that your socks and sandals are to you what potatoes have become for me! 🙂

  2. Boy, Pastor J, you have me thinking on this one. I guess that means I have some work to do with God. I am also blessed to know that my God will not stop until what He started is complete in me! Amen!

  3. Love how you turned your ‘socks with sandals’ into a challenge! It has me thinking and asking Holy Spirit to show me any areas where this applies.
    My husband definitely agrees with you on the practical side. He blames his age but doesn’t like wearing shoes because they hurt his toes, so he wears sandals in the house and to town (not to Church etc) and of course he wears socks with his sandals. I wear sandals (wedge scuffs/slides) but never need to wear socks because my feet are never cold.

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