Friday, July 6, 2012

How to keep white tennis shoes white


Contrary to movie usage, Defcon 1 is
much worse than Defcon 5.



Aaahhh, summertime-- there’s nothing like the cool of an ocean breeze, the gentle sway of palm trees, and the slight fragrance of sunscreen.  Life is idyllic, before it comes to a crashing halt, say, oh, about August 15th, when those who have not completed their summer reading go into crazy reading mode to get it finished.  But somewhere in that frenetic reading time, most find the opportunity to go buy some new clothes and especially new shoes.  White new shoes.
Very white shoes.  Just waiting to be stepped on.
Not just white.  It’s almost a fluorescent white, kind of whiter-than-white, and the wearer is put on a shoe wear -Defcon 1 to keep those pristine white shoes as white as they were the day they came out of the box.  Oh, the care!  The new shoe wearer avoids puddles, dirt, and threatens bodily harm to friends who would like to “break in” a new pair of shoes by stepping on them, scuffing them, etc. 
These new shoes kind of remind me of marriage and the movie “Magic Mike.” A marriage relationship is a rewarding one, but has to be firmly guarded and protected, much like a brand spankin’ new pair of white shoes.  For either a man or a woman to seek out romantic feelings (that’s as generic as I can make it!) outside of his or her marriage is ultimately going to result in discontent, cruel comparison, and jealousy. 
This is why women don’t need to see Magic Mike.  Sure, I will be the first one to admit that Channing Tatum is a very handsome man.  However, for me to ogle and admire his body past a first glance is wrong!  I think I can reasonably assume that he and I will NOT be getting married.  Thus, I need to respect what he will share with his wife as a married couple and I want to save my romantic feelings for the man I may (or may not) marry someday. 
I know FOR SURE that I do not want to be compared to a Victoria’s Secret model.  I don’t want any future husband to compare me to one either!  I pray for him now, that he will purpose to keep his mind and eyes focused on things that are kind of Philippians 4:8ish, that is, “In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.”
Protect your marriage at the very least like you would those white shoes!  Or let me put it to you this way, if you still think that “Hey, it’s only a movie”:  Would you hire a male stripper, like is seen in Magic Mike, to come to your house and perform?  Would you want your husband to hire a female stripper to do the same?  No?  Unfortunately, the only difference is where it’s seen.
Pray Psalm 19:14 with me today: May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.  (And a prayer for white shoes would be okay too.)