Shoes come in all shapes, colors and sizes. I’m no shoe-aholic (although my husband thinks differently), but I do delight in getting a new pair for whatever reason. Lying on the shelves of my closet or strewn across my bedroom floor on any given day are running shoes, rain boots, wedges, heels, flats, flip-flops, sandals, boots, and worn-out working shoes. I believe it’s true that shoes can make or break an outfit. Just ask my fashionista friend, Susie. She’s let it be known that I’ve broken a few outfits with my choice of footwear. And that’s when she started giving me some of hers. (Yes, it’s wonderful to be the same size of a fashionista friend!). I can fill her shoes…literally. But we often use that phrase with a much different meaning; to do someone’s job or assume their responsibilities.
Who’s going to fill her shoes?
I’ve been asking myself that question a lot the past few days on my new job. As I’ve come to know the outgoing editor, she’s proven herself to be every bit of what she seems: kind, patient, honest, hard-working, confident and smart. One of the things I have admired most about her is the respect and affection she’s earned from this community. I shadowed her for a few short days, and the people she came in contact with were truly sad to hear she was leaving. One even told me, “She’s not just a reporter…she’s a friend.”
That can really put the pressure on the new gal. After pondering it for a while though, I realize that I’ll never fill her shoes. She and I, just like you and I, are uniquely created to be different from one another. Each with special gifts, talents, and personalities.
In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.
~Romans 12:6 (NLT)
We each even have our own brand: a fingerprint like no one else’s. So, to try to be like someone else reminds me of my pet hamster that kept running in a wheel, but got absolutely no where. It’s a lot of work, and nothing to show for it.
Each pair of my shoes has a purpose. If I want to exercise, I’ll lace up my running shoes. If I want to appear elegant and taller (and hopefully thinner, ha!), I’ll slide into some high heels. I can’t run with high heels on and I certainly don’t want to try to look elegant with my New Balances.
I won’t compare my wedges to her ballet flats or her sandals to my flip-flops. Each has a different function and purpose. Each is for a time and a season. For now, though, if the shoe fits, I’ll wear it.