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Shoelaces, Socks and Fruit

I still remember it.  I’m not sure why I was in the gym.  Perhaps it was during bus duty.  The P.E. teacher/basketball coach was my home room teacher.  I sat there while basketball practice started.  The guys were stretching and Mr. Ingram told them that while they were down there looking at their feet to look at their shoelaces.  He said that he was going to show them how to tie their shoes so that they wouldn’t twist their ankles.


John Wooden is a hero of mine.  I have read a few books about him and his Pyramid of Success.  He was one of, if not the, most successful college basketball coaches in history.

Each year, during the first basketball practice, there was one thing he taught his players first, before anything else.  He showed them how to put on their socks so to prevent blisters.


Paul wrote in the last chapter of Galatians that we should not grow weary of doing good.  I take that to mean, for one thing, exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit.  It means being loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled.  There is no law against such things.  These are simply things that are manifestations of the Spirit of the Father’s Son that He has sent into our hearts.


Shoelaces.  Socks.  Fruit.  There is something that all three of these have in common.

They are boring.

These items are mundane.  They are ordinary.  They simply don’t get the juices flowing.  They aren’t exciting.  They aren’t sexy.


Each Sunday I preach during the summer I preach at a campground.  I meet people who are visiting this area on vacation.  The majority are not from here.


They are wanting to escape the ordinary in their lives.  Where I live is new, fresh and exciting.  They get out of their normal routine and do something different for a bit.

Me?  I go to the beach.  We’re planning a trip to Disney.  We want to go somewhere, anywhere but here.

Others come to my ordinary.  I go to another’s normal.

Yet the routine is there for the majority of the time.  The normal is our anchor.  It keeps us steady and secure.  Sure, we will escape for a time.  But we will return to the sameness.


We need that in our relationship with the Lord.  It seems exciting to be going on mission trips, marriage retreats and special events.  It is exciting.  However, I am convinced, that the Lord knows that we will spend most of our time in the normal.  He wants to meet us there.  He knows that we need to shake it up sometimes.  But He doesn’t want us to grow weary of it.  He wants us to stay the course, keeps our eyes on the prize, looking to Jesus and running the race.

That’s how we win.

Tying our shoes the right way.

Putting on our socks just so.

Bearing fruit.

Running with endurance the race set before us.

Do you know how to tie your shoes, put on your socks and bear fruit?

  1. September 30, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Where was Mr. Ingram when I needed him? Where was John Wooden when I needed him? Oh yeah, busy. 🙂 Like your post and application larry.

  2. September 30, 2013 at 11:26 am

    In my experience about 95% of ministry is done in the ordinary. It’s also those missionaries and pastors who are simply faithful to keep serving no matter what who end up making the biggest impact.

  3. September 30, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Wise words Larry. ” The normal is our anchor. It keeps us steady and secure. Sure, we will escape for a time. But we will return to the sameness.” When people find out we served overseas usually they will say, I bet that was exciting! Excitement leaves quickly and normal settles in no matter what we do. We tend to think others have the exciting life and only ours is normal, comparing is a joy killer and will keep us from seeing God in “our normal.”

  4. robshep
    September 30, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Great stuff. So often lack of time, or proper priorities makes me skip doing the little things that produce the fruit. Great reminder!

  5. September 30, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Confession: sometimes I wear flip-flops.

  6. September 30, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    This is good. It took me a while to bring Jesus into my everyday life, and I sometimes still forget him during the mundane day-to-day. It’s so easy to remember to ask for help or give thanks during times of struggle or plenty. But he’s with us at ALL times.

    • October 3, 2013 at 6:27 am

      It’s easy to forget. You have to work at making him a part of it all.

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