Put Your Best Foot Forward
Do you put your best foot forward each day? Obviously some days, that best foot may be sweaty with a sock that's 2 days in and covered in dust. Others, that best foot may be freshly cleaned with a fresh fancy sock and a dress shoe. We have good days, bad days, and some that are in between. What matters most is that you give it your best shot, and face the day with joy, love and embrace whatever comes your way. Easier said than done, but it's the attempt that matters. Jesus gave everything for us to the point of death on a cross, so that we may have the opportunity to live and love, seeking the most from the life we are given. All he asks from us is that we take the chance we have been given and do our best every moment that we have on this earth, even if that's putting the 2 day in foot forward and being a little worn-down some days as we embrace the day ahead. Have you learned how to put your best foot forward?
Today's Gospel states: "Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Laz'arus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Laz'arus was one of those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said, 'Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?' This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, 'Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.' When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Laz'arus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Laz'arus also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus" (John 12:1-11).
Today's reading talks about how Mary takes ointment and pours it on Jesus' feet. Ointment at the time was very expensive, not something that you would typically pull out and use. Most would sell it for money. Yet Mary uses this ointment to wash Jesus' feet, a great sign of respect and giving much. She gives the best of what she has for Jesus, even though she could have used it to help support herself for months. This was a great act of love. Mary puts her best foot forward, giving the best for Jesus. Do you do the same? Take some time today to pray and ask God to help you put your best foot forward.
Today we pray:
Thank You for showing me Your goodness and love each and every day. I pray that You help me to put my best foot forward today and every day. I ask this in Your most holy name, Amen.