Getting Ahead: ‘If the shoe fits’

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Writer

When I was growing up I heard the saying “If The Shoe Fits” time and again. Usually this was something that my parents would say when they were trying to make a point of something that was a flaw in my character. The flaw was referred to as the shoe and my taking it to heart was trying it on to see if it fit me.

They already knew it did, but they wanted me to acknowledge it. It developed in me the ability to admit I needed to improve on various things in my life. It showed me that I was not always right. Today we call that taking personal responsibility.

In order to see if the shoe fits we must be open to the fact that we are responsible for our actions. There are consequences for wrong things said and done. The problem is, so many people want to justify their actions when they are wrong. Usually they are convinced that they are right regardless of the truth. It is convenient to blame these things on everything but ourselves. As a consequence of not examining our thoughts and actions we do the same thing over, over, and over again and expect different results. In this state we think all of our problems are caused by someone or something else.

Who is responsible for you? Have you taken time to see if the shoe fits? If it does, put it on and start your journey. It might protect you from the stones and thorns along the highway of life.

These are the everyday issues we address at the Gathering Place every Sunday morning at 10:30 and Wednesday evening at 7.


John Pfeifer

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Writer