Wear Your Own Shoes

(How to) Be the Person God Created You to Be -Part 3

For the longest of times I was locked in the box of living up to other peoples’ standards and opinions of me.  I was controlled by the slightest remarks and comments stated by others.  I had to dress a certain way, eat a certain way, talk a certain way, like certain activities, etc.  I didn’t even know what it was like to be myself.  Actually I didn’t even know who the real Allison was.  What did she like and dislike?  What did she enjoy?  What were her convictions and standards?  Eventually God led me to step out of the box and live the life He created me to live.  I stopped wearing other peoples’ shoes and decided to try on my own.

You have probably heard the phrase “walk a mile in someone’s shoes” right?  Well this is what I want to talk about today.  I’ve shared a little over the last few weeks about becoming the person you were meant to be (Here is Part One and Part Two if you missed them.), so I wanted to create a continuation of that topic since it is presently very dear to my heart. 

First off let’s start with physical shoes, you know the ones you wear on your feet.  Do you know if the drop is 4mm or 10mm?  Is it a minimalist shoe?  How about a cushioned or stability shoe?  Are they comfortable?  Flexible?  Made for the type of workouts you do? 

As a heads up I am not saying shoe manufacturers are not good.  They have created so many different kinds and there are pros and cons to each.  But I am saying that some people make shoe selection way too much of a headache than it needs to be.  Try the shoe on, make sure there is room for your toes to swell and move around freely, make sure your heel does not slip around, run a couple miles in them, make sure they are flexible and comfortable… that is pretty much the gist of it.  If you want to get technical, use trail shoes for trail running, road shoes for road running, and track shoes for track running. 

Some people may argue that this is not correct – there are shoes built for supinators and over-pronantors – but actually if you correct your form and add in some strength training, your body should take care of that for you. I’m not saying it will fix everyone’s problem, but it’s worth a shot to try it.  Your feet and legs should really only be used to support you anyway, not power you, but that is a whole nother topic.

So now, going off of Part One and Two of Being the Person God Created You to Be, I am going to share with you how I got out of the box and began wearing my own shoes, living the life God created for me before the world began.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Ephesians 2:10

Are you ready for the simple action step on how to be the person God created you to be?

  1. Make sure you have accepted Jesus as your Lord AND Savior (from your heart, not your head),
  2. Read Ephesians 1 and 2, underlining everything it says you are as a believer in Christ, and
  3. Go over your list every day, morning and evening if you can.

That’s it.  I don’t want you to try to figure out who you are, but rather reflect on who you really are.  Confusing?  That is probably because it seems too simple.  But let me assure you that it works.  In one month of doing this it began to completely change my life!  One month!  Can you commit to reading the list you make 30 times, 60 at most? If you would like accountability in doing this, hop over to our new Facebook group and let us know!  We would love to encourage you because we know how much you will benefit from it.

But until next time

Happy Running Ya’ll!

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