David danced before the ark of the Lord. But I don't think he required shoes that are more expensive than any I have owned in my life. The girls received these shoes as a reward for their hard work in class and also as a babysitter payment. They will pay 50% or more after this for their next pairs. That is a guarantee that they will treat the shoes well. I sewed them bags for the pointe shoes with fabric from my stash. I just had to save some money somewhere. Baby Girl got a skirt from the same material. I hope she likes it. I finished it at 10:30 Sunday night with nary a swear word- this can be an occupational hazard when sewing.
“Is it consistent to profess our beliefs in church on Sunday, and then during the week to promote business practices or medical procedures contrary to those beliefs? Any tendency to treat religion as a private matter must be resisted. Only when their faith permeates every aspect of their lives do Christians become truly open to the transforming power of the Gospel.” (Pope Benedict XVI)
We are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8) and not by works. But one must remember that it is not enough to simply say "I believe", and then do nothing. The Bible says, "Not everyone who says Lord, Lord, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but rather he who does the will of my Father" - Matthew 7:21
"When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, `Come, O blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?' And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me." - Matthew 25:31-40