My Bare Feet
Alicia, our oldest daughter, commented on Facebook to a lady in our church, “That’s a confident man posting pictures of his feet!!!!” And she’s correct.
There are other aspects of my body image of which I’m not too proud. For example, before I cringed at the weight blinking at me on my new scale, I had to lean over the energy reserve I’ve accumulated over many years.
But when it comes to my feet, even my lovely wife and daughters are jealous. I’m not even joking. They have to worry about callouses, the hair on their toes, missing toenails (due to a tractor accident), and whether or not the color of the polish matches their shoes.
My feet are just beautiful (handsome) the way they are. I don’t even need to keep them moisturized; they’re naturally baby-soft.
But if you are the type that needs special help to keep your feet looking beautiful, here are four simple beauty tips that will keep the podiatrist away:
- Soak them periodically. Not too long, or they will end up dry and cracked.
- Exfoliate once a week. Remove dead skin cells with abrasives.
- Wear proper shoes. Improper shoes contribute to body aches and sore feet.
- Don’t walk in the dark without a flashlight. A badly-stumped toe can not only ruin your day but lead to life-long issues.
Some people aren’t blessed with naturally healthy, attractive, baby-soft feet, so it’s important to take the necessary steps to achieve beautiful results.
Some of you could care less about your feet. You probably don’t even care if they stink, have nails poking through your socks, or leave painful abrasions on your spouse in the middle of the night.
But what about preachers? Are you a preacher? If you are a Christian, and if you are one that cares about telling others about Jesus, then yes, you are! What does Scripture say about your feet?
“… as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” – Romans 10:15b
If you are preaching the gospel, sharing your faith with the lost, your feet are already beautiful! “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings . . . that sayeth unto Zion, ‘Thy God reigneth!'” (Isaiah 52:7).
However, when you walk around a lot, especially in this world, your feet will need some attention in order to stay beautiful. Here are four simple beauty tips that will keep you in tippytoe-top shape for tiding telling.
- Soak them periodically.
[When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. – Psa. 27:8
My heart heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.” – NLT
- Exfoliate once a week.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. – Psa. 57:1
- Wear the proper shoes.
And [have] your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; – Eph. 6:15
- Don’t walk in the dark without a light.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. – Psa. 119:105
Just remember, lots of people are counting on you being able to get around. Those longing for the Good News will think even the most unattractive feet are beautiful when you “bring glad tidings of good things.”
But if you don’t take advantage of the above beauty tips, not only will you feel self-conscious and shy, but your mistreated, crusty, aching, bruised feet will keep you at home when you should “go tell it on the mountain.”
Don’t be pedi-ful. Be beautiful!
Note: Middle-aged foot model looking for work. Goes by the professional name of Arch Healy.