What big shoes we have to fill as God’s children

Published 9:00 am Sunday, April 2, 2023

Hi, all. Just a thought to help start your weekend.

I am a creature of habit. I have my routines, my schedules, my “normal” things that I do and don’t do. However, once in a while, I will do something I either haven’t done before, or something I haven’t done in quite some time. A week or so ago, I did one of those things.

Pictured here, sitting in my recliner, is a very nice pair of boots. I’ve admired many from afar. I’ve even tried on a pair or two in the last three or four years. But, I couldn’t bring myself to spend the kind of money it takes for a pair of shoes like that. I made up my mind recently that I would use my little stash and treat myself to some good boots. So I did.

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These boots are probably the most comfortable pair I’ve ever worn. They make my feet happy, and they make me stand a little taller. They fit great. I took the time to pick and choose from many options, styles, and colors. I walked around the store in them before my purchase. I put in the effort to make sure I was getting what I wanted.

I haven’t walked in your shoes. I may think I know what you’re going through or experiencing this week, but your experience isn’t mine. As well, you have not walked in my shoes. You have no idea what I must tackle on a weekly basis. My experience isn’t yours either.

And here’s what I believe makes life’s walk easier — Jesus has walked “in our shoes.” He has been when we are. He knows the pains, the hurts, and the disappointments. He also understands your happiness, your joys, and the smile you have on your face.

It is Easter season. We are reminded of the awesomeness of His love demonstrated in the horrific way He died for us. We will never, ever know His pain and suffering. We could never walk in His shoes. But, praise God, He has walked in mine! He went where I should have gone! He shed blood for sins that were mine! He took it upon Himself to pay the high price.

And because of that, I can walk tall. Wow! What big shoes we as His children are called to fill. Is it worth the cost? I believe it is. Treat yourself to walking in His pathway this week.

Just a thought. ’Til later.

Rev. Brad Campbell can be reached at mastah.pastah@yahoo.com.