Where do your feet lead you? Based on the accounts in the Gospels, you would have to imagine that Jesus’ feet were worn, calloused, and often dusty. He walked long paths everywhere He went. He walked more than 80 miles between His home area of Galilee to Jerusalem. He took the dusty road through Samaria, rather than the easier, more lush passages near the Jordan. He walked to the places the religious leaders didn’t go—among those who were not of the approved establishment—across to the Decapolis and to modern day Syria.

What do your hands say about you? Do your hands transmit pain or comfort? God’s hands communicate compassion and the desire to reach out to us.

 
Leprosy in first century Israel was a cruel disease with no apparent cure. But the disfigurement of a leper’s body was only part of the pain they experienced. Jewish religious rules identified lepers as “unclean” and caused the uncaring isolation of these sick and vulnerable people.

How we use our hands communicates a lot about us. Do you approach life with a clenched fist or with a soft touch? Take some time to notice what people do with their hands. I saw great contrast in the way people used their hands on a recent overseas trip.