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Strange Shoes to Fill

Strange Shoes to Fill

Jason removed his flip flops and called for me to join him.

Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so? Amos 3:3

 

 

 

Jason removed his flip flops and called for me to join him. Jason is like his dad. He loves to have fun. I liked being included. And I knew walking with him in those strange shoes would be an adventure.

 

Without hesitation, I slipped out of my bedazzled sandals and stuck my feet into the strange blue, wooden shoes made for two. Walking in these shoes required rhythm and socks. I mention socks, as in multiple pairs. Even the wooden shoes worn by the cloggers that danced or clogged in the center of the park mentioned they layered on as many as five pairs of socks to protect their feet from blisters.

 

And I was wearing more socks that sunny spring day that I had rhythm. So after only a few clumsy steps, even with Jason ribbing me with smiling insults, I quit trying.

 

I look back with regret.

  • I was afraid to:
  • fall.
  • look foolish.
  • fail.

 

Amos 3:3

Those chipped blue shoes were strange shoes to fill.

  • And if we were going to travel across the grassy path together…
  • It meant I had to take off my beautiful…comfortable shoes.
  • It meant that we both would have to lift the right leg and then the left leg at the same time.
  • Then we would have to do it again and again…and again…
  • We would have to find a cadence, a rhythm and move together as one.

 

It meant we would have to communicate

…negotiate turns

…stops…

…beginnings.

 

It meant I would have to listen

And so would he…

It meant we both would have to be patient…

With ourselves…

With each other!

Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so? Amos 3:3

“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” Amos 3:3 NIV

 

Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction? Amos 3:3 NLT

 

And that’s what we do when we walk together…

Encourage each other.

Challenge each other.

Communicate.

Listen.

Learn.

 

Sometimes the shoes we must wear to walk with our team feels strange,

and you may feel afraid you will fail.

But do it anyway!

 

But falling down isn’t your worse enemy…regret is.

I know.

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