“Just because the shoe may fit that doesn’t mean you buy it.”
Have you ever been shoe shopping with someone and wish you’d brought along a good book? Too high, too flat, too dressy, too casual, too drab, too showy, not the right shade of red or purple – or black or brown? And then you hear it – “Perfect!” – and you feel like breaking out in the Hallelujah Chorus. They may have tried on a hundred pairs of shoes that actually fit, but they just weren’t “right”.
Now, have you ever heard these words? “Can’t you do anything right?’ “You’ll never amount to anything.” “Why can’t you be like so-and-so?” “You’ll always be a failure.” If you’ve ever been the recipient of statements like these, it probably wasn’t a once in a lifetime deal. You’ve heard them over and over and over, not only verbally but ringing inside your head. After a while these words take their toll and you start believing you can’t do anything right, or you try to be like so-and-so, or do whatever it takes to “prove” ourself – usually to no avail. Sometimes the enemy comes at us the same way. “You know this isn’t going to work. Everything else you’ve done has failed.” “You just don’t have what it takes.” “Do you really think God cares about you?”
What does this have to do with shoes fitting? Bear with me!
No matter who the offender may be, way too many times we buy into their perceptions of who we are. We buy into the fact we’ll never be good enough, that we’ll always be a failure. We spend our lives walking in shoes that may “fit” according to the world’s standards and other people’s opinions, but deep down there are times when we want to try on a different pair of shoes. If this is you, then it’s time to go shoe shopping. It’s time to change your perspective and what you’re buying into, and the best way to do that is to buy into what God says about you. I encourage you to get into your Bible and find scriptures about who God says that you are, but here are a few for starters: He calls you friend (John 15:15). You’re awesomely and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-14). You’re a child of the most-high God (Romans 8:16). You’re a joint heir with Jesus (Romans 8:17). You are loved (1 John 3:1). Perfect fit!
I love this quote from Toni Sorenson: “Even if the shoe fits, that doesn’t mean I’m going to wear it; I don’t want to wear somebody else’s smelly old shoe. I’d rather go barefoot.” Just because the shoe may fit (according to the world’s standards) doesn’t mean you buy it.
Are you wearing shoes that don’t fit?