This week I found an old pair of shoes in the garage. I looked them over and said, “These don’t look so bad.” I slipped them on and they seemed just fine. The soles were a little worn, but I thought, “I can wear these a few more times.”
A day later I put them on and headed out to a meeting and the bookstore. After an hour my feet started to ache. The soles were worn thin and it didn’t take long for me to feel discomfort from the bottom of my feet to my ankles. By the time I got home my knees hurt and my toes had gotten wet. I remembered why I had moved on to a new pair. They were uncomfortable, filled with holes and replaced for a reason.
Is there anything in your life you remember being fantastic? Have you ever tried to ‘go back’?
It can be a relationship, a job, an old apartment or even just shoes. Whatever tries to draw you back be encouraged to keep moving forward on life’s journey. The past belongs where it is, in the past.
My old shoes may have provided a style direction for my present pair and I appreciate them for that, but after one day of trying to wear them again I remembered why I moved on. They hit the trash.
“As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.”
The meal that made you sick probably should not be consumed again. God wants us to move forward in a healthy fashion, not back.
“Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your Creator.”
What shoes should we be wearing as we move forward for Jesus today?
Get them on.