I don’t have a lot of closet space. That doesn’t mean that the closet is too small. It means that my wife and I share a closet, and she has a squatter mentality, so over the years I have lost quite a bit of real estate.
It’s okay because deep down I’m somewhat of a minimalist. And deeper down, I’m frugal. I remember when I was in high school getting a pair of jeans that were actually reversible. I thought it was the greatest invention in the world. It’s still hard to believe they didn’t catch on.
My wife – you know, the closet real estate mogul – gave me a gift this Christmas that was for both of us. She gave me something that would make one pair of shoes dual purpose. It was a set of rubber cleats I could pull onto my shoes that would make them perfect for walking on snow or ice. This way I could avoid buying boots for walking, and she could continue her land grab in the closet. (Okay, I think I’ve beaten that one to death… and one more crack and I’ll get the stink eye from you know who.)
So, I took my “new” shoes out for a test drive on a really icy day, and they were amazing. I actually felt safer walking on the ice and snow than walking where the pavement was dry. The little cleats proved to be a bunch of hard working little mountain goats. I now have 2 pairs of shoes in one. Score!
This year at church we are talking a lot about how we can change. We are like old shoes who need something to help us stay sure-footed in an ever-changing world.
There’s a passage at the end of the book of Ephesians where Paul lists out the armor of God. He starts with the obvious pieces of equipment you wouldn’t want to go to battle without. He lists the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the sword of the Spirit, the shield of faith. All of these seem awesome.
The least impressive piece of armor are the shoes. Paul simply says, “as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” I did some research a while ago and found out that the shoes soldiers wore had cleats on the bottom so they could stay sure-footed during battle. To slip on the ancient battlefield meant almost certain death. So, out of all the equipment, the shoes might have been the most important.
Paul says that the gospel serves as the shoes for us. If you feel like circumstances have made the world a slippery place, then take the time to remind yourself of the gospel. You are loved by the living God more than you know and that love will last longer than you can imagine.
Use that to change your shoes today and make you sure-footed in a slippery world.