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Thu, May 27 2004 - 10:04 PM

Don't stain your soul

I was outside in the rain today completing some of the tasks that are well positioned on the to-do list. As I went on frolicking from duty to duty I slowly noticed the slightly intrusive and inappropriate squish of my toes well wrapped in leather. It is a feeling that we all know to well. As it goes, I must have a hole in my shoe somewhere. Not having the pleasure of being able to simply grab another pair of shoes, I diligently continued from job to job as my body and clothing became un-welcomely soggy from my head to my every toe.

In actuality I must say that I enjoyed myself, I was completely enveloped in an aspect of God's creation that we for the most part find undesirable.

I finished all that I had to do and retreated to the shelter and warmth of my home. Immediately taking my shoes off I remembered something my mother instilled in my soul, I didn't want to walk through the house in wet socks.

The socks that I put on that day originally were a crisp clean white, after my bout with the rain my black shoes turned the toes and souls of my crisp clean socks black as a cave of wolf people who have not heard of fire yet.

"No problem," I thought, "all these'll need is a good wash."

Alas, the problem with my socks was not the impending horror I believed it to have. The true horror was not the color of my socks, but it was the color of my feet!

The skin of my feet was the same color as my socks. I then rushed off the the washroom as fast as a geologist runs to a new fossil find.

I scrubbed and scrubbed but the stain would not come off. Sitting helplessly and defeated on the edge of the tub all I could do was to dry my blacked feet off with a towel and hope for the best.

I guess what I am trying to say is that stealing is like having stained feet. They say that people who steal have a preconceived conviction that it is okay to do it, that they are owed, or that they deserve it. Every time you steal you feel the squishing on your soul like the squishing of toes in a wet shoe. You choose to ignore it but once you get home you see that you are stained.

Stealing is bad.

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Tara - 15 years ago

So what you're saying is that when we are teaching our children not to steal we should make them walk around in soggy shoes to make the point much clearer.