There is an expression which says “Walk a mile in my shoes”. There are campaigns which use this phrase to raise money and awareness about some of the social issues of today. The thought is to get potential donors to pause and think about the plight of the intended beneficiaries of the donations. It might be cancer patients, victims of abuse, the homeless, burn victims, etc. Just a momentary reflection can cause the heart to soften towards persons experiencing such pain.
Have you ever tried on someone else’s shoe that you liked and thought it would look good on you but it just didn’t fit? That is what happens sometimes in life. We go around trying on each other’s shoes and they just don’t fit! The shoe that’s comfortable for you makes my feet hurt and vice versa. God has a designer pair of shoes with your name on it. It does not fit me or anyone else on this earth. It only fits you. It might be the same size shoe but it fits differently because our feet are not shaped exactly the same.
After wearing a new pair of shoes for a while they get broken in to the contour of your own feet. So if I try to walk in your shoes I cannot get far. The pain would be so bad from trying to make them fit that I would give up and just take them off. Those shoes have been reshaped to fit your feet after wearing them for so long. And that’s how life is.
I don’t have to wear your shoes and you don’t have to wear mine. In fact, they just don’t fit. If we keep walking in the shoes of life we were given we can go a lot farther, stand much taller, and become a lot stronger. We might have to climb high mountains and cross rocky valleys but with the right shoes we can endure the journey.
Accept the shoes you were given. They may not look like anyone else’s but wear your shoes with confidence. Walk in them proudly. Don’t look to trade shoes with anyone. You don’t know what they might have stepped in and on along the way. The only shoes that really fit are your own.