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COLLECTED ESSAYS
FROM THE WEBSITE "THE DOORMAT"
BY MARK and KAREN EIDEMILLER
INDEX
Why "The Doormat?"
THE SOAPBOX

1. Common Sense
2. To Die For
3. World Peace Now
4. Gems of Wisdom \u2013 Margin Notes from a Bible
5. Mark's Testimony
6. Reflections on a Home Ministry
7. Halloween: A Season for Giving
8. A Day in the Life (In Appreciation of my Wife)
9. Lessons from a Hard Disk Crash
10. Hell: The Fifty-Cent Tour
11. Salvation's Inquiry: What's It All About?
12. Walk By Faith Ministries
13. Respect 101
14. Teddy Bear Theology

KAREN'S CORNER
1. Karen's Testimony
THE SHOWCASE
1. The Visit by Kurt Bolding
2. The Room by Joshua Harris
EPILOGUE: To Be or Not To Be (The Final Essay)
FOREWARD by the author
During a moment of reflection on my own mortality, I realized that these essays wouldn't survive long after my
death. Therefore, I decided to assemble them into this collection, and post them for all to read.

In Isaiah 55:8-11, the Bible says: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,"
declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my
thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without
watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,so

is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it."
The Word of God never comes back without making an impact. Therefore, consider these essays as 'fiber for the

soul' \u2013 some will be easy to digest, while others may seem impossible.
Feel free to share this collection. I pray they become blessings for you as they have been for me and others.
Mark Eidemiller, January 2007

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INTRODUCTION: WHY "THE DOORMAT"?
Our website was titled "The Doormat". I wrote this essay to explain why we gave it that name:
Funk & Wagnall's Standard Dictionary simply definesdoormat as: "a mat placed at an entrance for wiping the
shoes."
It's a mat placed in front of a door. You wipe your feet on it. It doesn't expect anything of itself, but to serve.
The one who wipes their feet on the mat:

1. Must recognize that they stand at the door
2. Must recognize that they have mud (or something equally dirty) that needs wiping off
3. Must recognize that they can't pass through the door with mud on their feet
4. Must recognize that the doormat will completely clean their feet
5. Must accept the cleansing of their feet on the mat
6. Must pass through the door and not turn back

Jesus Christ is the doormat, and the door.
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John
14:6)
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other

way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall

go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that

they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my

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life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down,
and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father." (John 10:1-18 )

We all will, or have, stood before that Door. The doormat is the invitation. The doormat beckoned us to the Door. "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:44) And we have made a decision at that doormat, at that door: accept, or reject.

The doormat compares to the cleansing of sins. Christ illustrated that analogy in the cleansing of the disciples'
feet. "He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he

poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he
was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus
answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto
him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon
Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is
washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who
should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his
garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and
Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash
one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say
unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know
these things, happy are ye if ye do them." (John 13:4-17 )

Let's get personal: where do I fit?
Those who have passed through the doorway must, in turn, be as doormats to those around them.
"And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last

of all, and servant of all." (Mark 9:35 )
"But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever
of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to
minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Mark 10:43-45 )
"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and
follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same
shall save it." (Luke 9:23-24; see also Matthew 16:24-25 and Mark 8:34-35)
Sometimes, we can be doormats just by being there as ministers (servants) of Jesus Christ.
Minister to those within our own sphere of influence. Everywhere we go, everyone around us, is our sphere of

influence. Our homes, our workplaces, our schools, and our communities.
And through intercessory prayer, we can minister to the world.
Minister to all people, because of the love of Christ, and onlyin the love of Christ. "Bear ye one another's

burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2 )
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