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Flashback: Lessons From Crocs

Editor’s note: Orignially posted 24 May 2009.

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On a recent shopping trip I got stuck in an unusually long line. While waiting I begin comparing a display of knock-off “Crocs” type shoes with my Crocs. As I was comparing the shoes I realized that there were some spiritual lessons that could be gleaned from the experience.

First, things aren’t always as they appear.  Upon first glance some of the knock-offs look very close to the original. They are made from similar material but the shoes are very different. The knock-offs I saw were made from a very hard rubber or plastic and the insides were very rough.  Just like the knock-off shoes there are some who outwardly appear to be Christians but the spiritual depth and maturity is not there. As humans we often make judgments based upon outward appearances.  However, God looks at the heart.

Second, don’t settle for a cheaper or easier option. While I was examining the display of knock-offs, another customer decided to enlighten me on their greatness. In her opinion there was absolutely no difference between real Crocs and imitation Crocs.  I pointed the most obvious difference that real Crocs are more comfortable. However, she believed they where the same. Both were made from rubber because the shoes looked the same they had to be the same, so why pay more.  Actually, Crocs are made from a special material called Croslite.

How many times do we settle for a cheaper form of our faith rather than experience the full benefits of what God has for us. Maybe it is because settling is easier. After all it takes dedication, time and effort to invest in a growing relationship with God.

Third, know your purpose. One thing that the makers of knock-off just don’t get right is the footbed of the shoe.  The footbed of Crocs is specially designed to improve circulation. Those little bumps have a purpose. The makers of Crocs had a plan and purpose for those bumps. However, the makers of the knock-offs don’t know the purpose of those little bumps. They are just copying the real thing.

As Christians it can be easy to loose sight of our purpose. According to the Westminster Shorter Catechism, we exist to glorify God and enjoy him forever. Spend some time reflecting on that statement. If we really embrace that purpose how will it affect our lives. If I exist to glorify God is there anything in my life that I need to change.  For me the most powerful part of that statement is the last part: “…to enjoy God forever.” To enjoy God we must first have a relationship with him.  Also, the implication is that God wants to be accessible and to have a relationship with us.

Breaking in My New Trailbreaks

Got a pair of the new Crocs Trailbreaks earlier this month.  A couple of weeks ago we went to Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park and I decided it was a good time to break in my Trailbreaks. Enjoy some scenes from our hike.

Found this bit of history about Devil’s Millhopper on the park website.

Devil’s Millhopper gets its unique name from its funnel-like shape. During the 1880’s, farmers used to grind grain in gristmills. On the top of the mill was a funnel-shaped container called a “hopper” that held the grain as it was fed into the grinder. Because fossilized bones and teeth from early life forms have been found at the bottom of the sink, legend has it that the millhopper was used to feed bodies to the devil. Hence, Devil’s Millhopper.

Florida sits upon a foundation of limestone rock. Although this stone is very hard, it can be easily dissolved by weak acid. Rainwater becomes a weak carbonic acid thru contact with carbon dioxide in the air. As it soaks into the ground, passing through the dead plant material on the surface, the acid becomes even stronger. When this acidic water reaches the limestone layer, small cavities form as the rock is slowly dissolved away. A large cavern is formed as this process continues over a long period of time. Eventually the ceiling of the cavern becomes so thin that it cannot support the weight of the earth above it. When the ceiling collapses, a sink is formed.

The sinkhole is 120 feet deep and 500 feet across. A one-half mile nature trail follows the rim, and there is a 236-step stairway to the bottom of the sink. The state purchased this site in 1974, and the stairs were completed in 1976. Until that time, access in the area was limited.

Ready to start our hike.
Ready to start our hike.

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The Big Guy having fun. Isn't he cute?

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Steps leading to the sink hole. It seems even longer and higher on the way back up.

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The Big Guy and I are on our way back up from the sink hole. No, I haven't grown just standing on a highers step.
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Back home again from our morning adventure. My new Trailbreaks are framed by The Big Guy's Crocs. In case your wondering his are a size 15 or 4X in Beaches.

Lessons from Crocs

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On a recent shopping trip I got stuck in an unusually long line. While waiting I begin comparing a display of knock-off “Crocs” type shoes with my Crocs. As I was comparing the shoes I realized that there were some spiritual lessons that could be gleaned from the experience.

First, things aren’t always as they appear.  Upon first glance some of the knock-offs look very close to the original. They are made from similar material but the shoes are very different. The knock-offs I saw were made from a very hard rubber or plastic and the insides were very rough.  Just like the knock-off shoes there are some who outwardly appear to be Christians but the spiritual depth and maturity is not there. As humans we often make judgments based upon outward appearances.  However, God looks at the heart.

Second, don’t settle for a cheaper or easier option. While I was examining the display of knock-offs, another customer decided to enlighten me on their greatness. In her opinion there was absolutely no difference between real Crocs and imitation Crocs.  I pointed the most obvious difference that real Crocs are more comfortable. However, she believed they where the same. Both were made from rubber because the shoes looked the same they had to be the same, so why pay more.  Actually, Crocs are made from a special material called Croslite.

How many times do we settle for a cheaper form of our faith rather than experience the full benefits of what God has for us. Maybe it is because settling is easier. After all it takes dedication, time and effort to invest in a growing relationship with God.

Third, know your purpose. One thing that the makers of knock-off just don’t get right is the footbed of the shoe.  The footbed of Crocs is specially designed to improve circulation. Those little bumps have a purpose. The makers of Crocs had a plan and purpose for those bumps. However, the makers of the knock-offs don’t know the purpose of those little bumps. They are just copying the real thing.

As Christians it can be easy to loose sight of our purpose. According to the Westminster Shorter Catechism, we exist to glorify God and enjoy him forever. Spend some time reflecting on that statement. If we really embrace that purpose how will it affect our lives. If I exist to glorify God is there anything in my life that I need to change.  For me the most powerful part of that statement is the last part: “…to enjoy God forever.” To enjoy God we must first have a relationship with him.  Also, the implication is that God wants to be accessible and to have a relationship with us.

Know & Tell Friday

My New Friday Meme... Question 1: What can you draw well? Well, I have won awards for pastels (wildflowers), water (flowers), pencil drawing (humming bird), acrylic (mountain scene). I always enjoy drawing animals. However, most of my artwork now is digital.

Question 2: Name a TV show (at any period in your life) that you watched that you were probably a little too old to watch. Veggie Tales and Disney Movies, but I guess those really aren’t TV Shows.

Question 3: What color is the dominant color of your wardrobe? For pants, skirts and shorts: blue/denim, black and khaki; For tops: blues and purples.

Question 4: Favorite donut? I don’t like most donuts. Worked in a donut shop in college, however I will on occasion eat a blueberry cake or Krispy Kreme Original.

Question 5: Wear painful shoes just because they are cute? Not really. My preferred brands shoes are Timberlands, Crocs, Clarke’s and Doc Martins. Of course since moving to Florida I wear some form of sandal most of the time.

Bonus Questions

Question 6: Is there anything that you believe you do not believe God about? Not really, however there are some things I don’t understand or can’t figure out.

Question 7: In general, do you think it is ok to be frustrated with people? Frustration is a feeling. Feelings in and of themselves are neither good nor bad. Rather it is our response, reaction or what we do with feelings that can be the problem.

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