Is That a Hole in my Sock?

Larry Downs-Day in the LifeBY:  LARRY DOWNS


BIBLE TEXT:  (from The Voice) Psalm 26:2 Put me on trial and examine me, O Eternal One! Search me through and through—from my deepest longings to every thought that crosses my mind.

PERSONAL REFLECTIONSeveral months ago I was standing in the line to go through security at the Nashville Airport. It was one of those 6 am flights that always cause me to mutter under my breath and question why my secretary would ever schedule such a flight.

As I started to get ready for screening, I remembered – “in my rush to get ready in the dark this morning, I put on a pair of socks that had a hole in the big toe.” As I reached down and took my shoes off, I was certain that the whole airport was watching my big ugly toe play peek-a-boo with the world. How embarrassing! Everyone can see that I am not the well-dressed man I pretended or appeared to be.

We don’t want anyone to see that we have a hole in our sock.

You know, holes in our socks are one thing and it’s funny. But a hole in our character is a completely different story. We hide our failures, covering them up less anyone else should find them. We walk around frightened of the day we get found out. But yet we keep the old pair of socks in our drawer. We build a facade around our lives. We know what to say and when to say it, we rationalize away, we have all the answers to all the questions – we hide the deep a hole in our character.

  • We can fool everybody most of the time.
  • We can fool our kids for a while.
  • We can fool our spouse for a while.
  • We can even fool ourselves for a bit.
  • But we can never fool our God.

What takes a lifetime to build can be destroyed in an instant.

So go ahead and take your shoes off and come clean. Do you have any holes in your socks?

PERSONAL APPLICATION: I have taught this story many times for businesses as well as leadership groups–and more than once I have received socks from friends or complete strangers just because they wanted to laugh with me, thank me, or cry with me. Every time I tell this story I put on my “Holy” socks as I prepare, and as I do, I see through thankful tears of a man well saved.

PRAYERLord, this morning as I put my socks on –examine me through and through as well and reveal any holes I have. Give me the courage to trust you.


Father of 5, husband of 1, who loves making a difference in the world through what he does at Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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