Washin’ Feet

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I am so not a words guy. I mean I like to talk, love it actually, but prefer action. Talk is cheap.

That is partly why it is hard in Addis for me right now. The lack action, or not knowing which actions to take. So on one hand I feel overwhelmed by all the new things and under-whelmed about my inability to help “The Crew”.

The last couple weeks have been even slower as I have focused on school and the proposal. I have to kick my self in the butt pretty often to keep moving forward and not fall into any bad patterns of feeling down.

Here is the cool part, as I have experienced some growing frustrations; culture shock or whatever. My dreams of what I pray is reality for “The Crew”, and many more street children, are growing exponentially. Granted, dreams are only dreams and it takes action, determination and only God’s power to accomplish them. But, it is so much fun and it gets me so excited. I catch myself day dreaming on so many taxi rides about huge plans for the future.

So starting with last Thursday I had this fun thought that I could not shake. I can’t say I get it perfectly right now, or how I could make it happen yet. I could not get the thoughts and desires to wash the feet of these kids and potentially my coworkers. If I ever get a chance to utilize my leadership skills in this endeavor I want “washing feet” to be a part of our core.

First, there can’t be anything better to show humility and submission. If God allows me to lead at any point, I want to make sure I always stay completely humble and put all coworkers and beneficiaries first. Second, this would act as the best symbol as to who we will be trying to emulate. In John 13, JESUS, yeah the big dog, washes the feet of the disciples. Wow. He then commands the disciples (us too) to do the same. If Jesus did it then anyone should be willing to. Sure there are all kinds of metaphors strewn through out the Bible, but should this just be a metaphor because of our social norms? What greater symbol of “ I love you and I put you first” could there be? The most consistent quality in great leaders is humility. I also emphatically say screw social norms.

I am not sure how I will apply this at this point, as I hardly know what is going to happen at all. I think I will try it for our Christmas celebration with the boys. Of course, I will have to find my way around people’s insecurities about their feet. This is just one of many dreams of the future I have had lately. I like the idea of making them public because it puts more weight behind them. I am so thankful for the ability to dream, even during tough times. I want to help “The Crew” have enormous dreams some day, then the guts to follow them like William Wallace (sorry just watched Braveheart again).


Written by adamtaylorethiopia

December 13, 2009 at 7:32 pm

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  1. Flick tick,
    Good to hear from you. Was starting to get worried that you hadn’t posted in awhile. Keep your head up and remember Rome wasn’t built in a day!


    December 14, 2009 at 1:41 am

  2. Remember the guy in Braveheart who said, “The English are too many!!”? If anyone listened to that guy, none of it would have been possible. Keep on pushing on bro, I’m proud of you.

    “I love ya, always have…”


    December 15, 2009 at 2:27 am

  3. Ad,
    Coincidentally at SS on Sunday we also read John 13 and discussed the reactions like Peter’s and how Jesus shared his message of being a servant. There are some protestant denominations which actually have feet washing by the bride/groom as part of the ceremony.
    I closed the group in prayer at 12:10 PM on Sunday the 13th and as part of that prayer for the group I lifted up your name and your activities ahead for the week and with God’s blessings to surround you. Feet washing is an incredible testimony and powerful experience – which I have never had a chance to be a part of. All things will work together for good – as you embrace His leading and respond to the calling of His purpose in Addis. Your future will be showered with hope.
    Blessings to you, my dedicated, servant-hearted son.


    December 15, 2009 at 3:43 pm

  4. Adam,

    Thank you for reminding me to SERVE. How easy it can be to write a check but not give of yourself. I am grateful to you for reminding me of what Jesus wants.



    December 16, 2009 at 4:37 am

  5. my feet are very, very dirty…not so sure you wanna wash these dogs. how ’bout our phils getting halladay; gotta love amaro as gm. i promise ill take you to a game when you come back. birds are looking good too…probably gonna fizzle out though. Reid and Donavon need their feet brillo-scrubbed like-whoa. merry christmas! give me a working phone number!

    John Moughan

    December 16, 2009 at 7:59 am

  6. Adam: Just back from Oregon. Didn’t get to respond to your last note, but continue to pray. And, How about some respect. If Jesus was there in person, would you call Him “Big Dog”? What is that about? Remember the tortise and the hare, “slow but steady wins the day!” God bless. Trust your Christmas will be worshipful.

    Ralph Eckardt

    December 16, 2009 at 11:39 pm

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