I was fast. No, really, I was the fastest person in my high-school back in the day. Okay, in all fairness, I'm no longer fast but then again about 39 years have passed since those school days. Now, slow and steady would be better adjectives to describe my running pace.
As a child, I had a severe case of 'pigeon toed' ness. My feet turned inward and I suppose it should have been corrected with some sort of orthopedic brace. That never occurred. What was supposed to plague me as a child was actually an asset. Studies have not shown any correlation between pigeon toed runners being faster, but for some reason fast runners are more likely to be pigeon toed. Not sure how valid those studies were. Here is an excerpt from a qualified runner.
"While there’s no real research clearly defining the relationship with being pigeon-toed and being a good
athlete, there is quite a bit of anecdotal and indirect research evidence to support the notion. In fact,
many coaches in sports like football, basketball, soccer and track actually look for pigeon-toed athletes to
join their teams. This is because there seems to be a disproportionate number of fast athletes who are
pigeon-toed." (http://elitetrack.com/blogs-details-3820/) [BY MIKE YOUNG ON MAY 7, 2008]
Well, there is a flip side to this situation. I am not as pigeon toed as I used to be but the lingering affects of that childhood condition still follow me. The picture illustrates the longterm affect of not having an ailment corrected. Every pair of footwear I own looks this way. I AM AN OVER-PRONATOR! There, I said it. Confession is good for the soul.
There is not much difference in our lives regarding sin and its longterm affects (if not confessed and repented of). When we choose to continue living with a life-draining ailment called sin, we tilt a little more each day. Our body and mind are affected by sin and its corrosive nature. Early on in life, when sin seems right, it appears to be an asset. Later in life, if sin remains, our journey becomes cluttered with aches and pains that may have been avoided. The book of James in the New Testament is an excellent orthopedic brace for anyone struggling with the sin ailment. Take a look.
The Prayer of Faith:
"Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of
you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of
the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he
has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so
that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." (James 5:13-16, NIV)
Today, pick up your shoes and check the heels. Are they wearing even? If so, great! If not, you may be part of a group of folks who suffer longterm side-affects of early childhood ailments.
Now, take a moment to review your heart. Are there places there that aren't feeling quite right? If so, stop and seek God's face. Pour out your soul to Him and watch Jesus Christ wash away the feelings of pain and sorrow, of guilt and shame brought about by sin. He can make your walk so much straighter.