The shoes felt tight. I had been excited to buy them to compliment the pair I already owned. I wore them quite often because they were so comfortable and looked nice with jeans. The new pair was the same style, the same size, and made by the same company, yet they hurt my feet. Maybe the canvas fabric was not as pliable as the leather on the other pair. I walked around the house and wondered if I needed to return them.
When I unlaced them to see if I might need to loosen the fit, I noticed that I had placed the insoles I wear into the wrong shoes: right insole in the left shoe and left insole in the right shoe. Now wonder my feet hurt! I swapped the insoles back to their appropriate shoes and all was well with my feet. I wore the shoes the next day.
The insoles were not at fault for causing my pain. They have been my friends for several years now. After an attic ladder broke with me on it, and I landed in a heap on the garage floor, I had gone to receive some badly needed physical therapy. During my treatment, it was discovered that I have very flat feet that caused my aging body to shift toward the middle. After I started using the insoles, my back began to feel better than it had in years.
All I have to do is put them inside the appropriate shoe. Round pegs don’t fit in square holes and left insoles create problems inside right shoes. There really is something to be said for finding our place and functioning there. When we discover where God has created us to be, we are wise to remain there. This is true in the jobs we work.
This is also true in the service we provide in the body of Christ. When we take on a role we do not enjoy, our service of the Lord seems to be more of a bother than a blessing. No member of the body of Christ should dread fulfilling their role in service. We are all necessary, but we are all different. Never apologize for the unique plan God has for your life. Find your spot and serve with joy!
- Sunday’s Sermon – “Waiting For The Lord” James 5:1-12
- LifeGroup Attendance on August 11 – 713
- GriefShare’s Loss of Spouse Seminar, August 18 – 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
- Back To School Bash (Food and Inflatables) – August 18 – 6:00 p.m.
- All Wednesday Evening Activities resume next week – August 21
- Crowder Lake Baptism – August 25 – 6:00 p.m.