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Have you ever had a favorite pair of shoes or clothing item that you grew out of?
I certainly did!
I had a pair of red patent leather shoes that I simply adored wearing every chance I had.
I wanted to wear them to school, to the park, to bed..I mean those shoes made me feel like a Superstar.
One of the saddest days of my childhood life was when they no longer fit on my foot. And to prove a point to my mother that they still fit, I decided to wear them all day.
I figured I just needed to stretch them out a bit(at the time I had no idea shoes did not stretch).
And you can guess what happened by the end of that day; excruciating foot pain.
I had blisters and cuts that took forever to heal. This is when I started to feel the pain of growing.
I find it kind of funny that as children we are anxious to grow. We want to be taller, stronger, have more responsibility, and we want to make the rules for ourselves.
I wanted to be able to stay up as long as I wanted and not be told what to do.
I was so pressed to wear high heels and go out to parties.
But, just like those beautiful shoes I adored, growing out of things can be a painful process when there is no room to stretch.
“When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11
We have no choice to move out of one shoe size or clothing item once we outgrow them, but what happens when we outgrow people, lifestyles, habits, or old emotions?
Do we move up to the next size or still try to make them stretch to fit us?
I see so many of us struggling through our own mid- life crisis at all different ages.
We have a hard time letting go of our own red patent leather shoes.
They are familiar, fun to try on, do not owe us a thing, and truthfully they make our insecurities vanish.
We cannot let go of childish things because growing is a pain, and with growth comes change, and with change comes our insecurity.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” Ecclesiastes 3:1
We are all meant to go through different seasons of change.
Our bodies change from infant, toddler, child, adolescent, teenager, adult, and then elderly.
God designed us to always be growing and developing the wisdom needed to be lead then to become a leader for His glory.
We are not allowed as believers to be stagnant.
So we must suffer the pain that allows us to grow to the next stage of our lives.
I agree getting older is not always fun, but in each stage God shows us a new version of fun that goes along with our new size. Can I get an AMEN?
Finally, as I take in my own growth and all the pain that went into it, why not take some time and think about your own growth.
Are you still holding on to those old patent leather shoes, hoping they will stretch to fit you?
Or is it time to move on to the next size up or possibly a whole new shoe?
God has given us each a life, and we are the only one’s responsible for how we spend it.
God’s growth may come with some pain but in it we get the highest reward…eternity with Him!
If that shoe no longer fits your new size, then instead of going through the blisters and sores of making them fit, just stop wearing them. It’s great moving into new and better sizes. Trust me, I know.
You know you got this!