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I’m just going to be blunt: I like clothes. I’m actually a bit obsessive when it comes to my style. With that knowledge in mind, check this story out.
About three months ago I purchased some white shoes. Not going to lie, they were beautiful. Notice I said were. After about two weeks of walking around in them I discovered that the world is dirty.
One day I looked down to find that my beautiful white shoes were now white with brown polkadots. At some point during the day I had walked through dirt. I quickly found a paper towel and carefully removed the filth. My shoes were looking good again…or so I thought.
After about a month of being walked on, they started to wear and in some cases tear. This made me sad. I continued to wear them although their beautiful white color was fading and pristine design was falling apart.
And then it happened. I walked through some mud and was ready to call it quits. My white shoes were now brown!
When I got home I sat them by the front door with no intention on ever wearing them again. The next day a friend with the same shoes shared a solution that he had had success with. After two weeks I proceeded to go through with the process and whalah! My shoes were as good NEW.
When I began wearing them again I received many comments and one question that sparked this blog post: “are those new shoes?” I couldn’t believe what I heard, I even chuckled at the fact that someone thought my shoes that were once dirty, destroyed and never be used again, were new. It was then that the crazy thought dawned on me.
I used to be dirty, destroyed and worthless. And at times I still am.
The fact of the matter is, someone took me in my messed up state and cleaned me. And they cleaned me well. So well in fact, that when people see me they see a new Nathan.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17