My family showed up to church today in shoes.
We then all walked down to the main service lobby and gave our shoes to Japan through Soles for Souls.
Sometimes, actions speak louder than words. You can tell my kids that people who live with more should give to those with less. You can tell them, but Shannon and I are trying desperately to show them. Some days we do a better job at that than others. But the truth is, we still have shoes and barefoot was a choice for us. Sadly, that simple choice is not an option for many.
When followers of Jesus follow Jesus, we MUST show compassion for those in tragedy and poverty. It's not optional. It's mandatory. Going shoeless for a few hours was powerfully simple. I'm praying my kids won't forget it for quite some time.