When I sat down to write this post, my mind went to a scene in one of my favorite movies: Rush Hour 2 (I recommend this movie). It wasn’t anything pivotal, simply a part where Chris Tucker is looking for a massage parlor called “Heaven on Earth”.
Why is “Heaven on Earth” such an appropriate name for a massage parlor? Well, when I think of getting a massage, I think of relaxation. Forgetting my stresses and worries. Alleviating my aches and pains.
When I think of heaven, my mind goes to Revelation 21:4- “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Sounds like advertising a massage parlor as a bit of heaven here on earth is a pretty good marketing strategy. Who wouldn’t want that?
I recently read Rob Bell’s new book, Love Wins (Don’t worry, that’s not where this post is going. If you want to read a review, look here). Aside from all the talk of “heaven, hell, and the fate of every person who ever lived”, I felt like he made one really convicting point (at least).
I wish I still had the book so I could quote him exactly, but he said something along the lines of, “It seems that the people most concerned with heaven and hell are doing the least about the world today, and the people who are doing the most for the world today are the least concerned with heaven and hell.” That seemed backwards to him. It seems backwards to me too.
Jesus was concerned with bringing the Kingdom of God here. Now. Today. He was concerned with “the age to come” but also with “this age”. Jesus wanted this place to look more and more like what His Father wanted it to look like. He healed the sick. He comforted the mourning. He raised the dead. Ringing any bells? Revelation 21:4? Jesus was focused on bridging the gap between heaven and earth right now.
I say all this to set the stage for what happened yesterday. A day without shoes. Simple, yet effective. People took part in this all over the world; Jamie Curtis organized it on IPFW’s campus. The idea was simple: Go one day without shoes to raise awareness for those who have to go without shoes everyday.
The whole thing was done to support TOMS shoes. With TOMS, for every pair of shoes that are sold, a pair gets sent to a child who doesn’t have shoes. I was on campus for just 3 hours without shoes on. 6 different people asked me why I wasn’t wearing shoes. Several people were listening in on those conversations. I heard countless other whispers as I walked by..”There’s another person that doesn’t have shoes… What’s going on…?”
Maybe some of them will check out the website. Maybe just one of them will order a pair of shoes. That’s one less child that has to go without shoes. That’s one less child that has to endure that kind of suffering. One less child with pain in their feet. Heaven on earth.
It doesn’t always take a monumental effort. Sure, there’s a time and a place for that. But what about right now? What about the little things? I mean really… What’s one day without shoes?