When I was a kid in Sunday School, we often sang a multi-verse song containing the words, “Be careful, little feet, where you go.”
It was a catchy tune with a pointed message: watch that the things you say and see are uplifting; and, program your feet to avoid paths leading to questionable destinations. My teacher, Kay Fulton, made it perfectly clear that both feet were to be shod with “gospel shoes” because walking through life is serious business.
While conducting business is also serious (especially when you’re the owner of that business!), an experience this week shed yet another interpretation on the chorus.
Here’s what happened: on this particular morning, I was preparing to attend a meeting I’d recently requested with two local investors. I practised, polished and dressed myself as professionally as I knew how.
As it turned out, I truly enjoyed the meeting and I left with a sense of accomplishment. The only thing that bothered me was an annoying clatter from one shoe. “Hmm,” I mused, “wonder if the sole on the left shoe needs to be replaced.”
I hummed my way through several other errands, satisfied that things had gone reasonably well — except for that annoying clatter. On my arrival home, I gathered up my briefcase, my raincoat and the jug of milk I’d purchased while in town. But it wasn’t until I was hanging up my coat that I discovered, with a combination of embarrassment and laughter, that I’d worn two different shoes.
Lesson One: choose your foot-wear carefully. Lesson Two: In order to choose wisely, it’s essential to have light in the closet. Lesson Three: The light of God’s word does the same in my heart.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
Thanks for the illumination, Kay!
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