My Inappropriate Shoes

My Inappropriate Shoes


By Rev. Dr. Teresa Allissa Citro

“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." Ephesians 6:14-17

It is so very true. In order to win in any area of our life, we must be well prepared. Here in this passage, we are taught what we need to do to live a life of victory. Paul is comparing a victorious life with a soldier’s outfit. Just like a soldier prepares her/himself, so must we.

A soldier has everything they need already on and available on his/her body. They aren’t looking to the soldiers next to them to borrow anything. They already possess everything they need to survive whatever circumstances they are presented with.

I have learned a lot from this verse. You see, I always compare myself to this passage. Friends, I have a very terrible habit. To make my point, I’ll share this bad habit with you. Keep it quiet now, please.:)

My colleagues who have traveled with me anywhere know this bad habit, and my kids are annoyed by it as well. Can you believe that I’m never ever prepared with the right type of shoes? I wear heels or fancy flip flops everywhere.

For example, I was in Switzerland and signed up for a tour to go up the Swiss Alps. Guess what I had on? My very cute fancy sandals. The guide looked at me and said, “Miss, you cannot go with those shoes.” I had to go look for a pair of sneakers. In Germany, I got caught in a terrible rainstorm. I had to stop in a store and purchase closed-toe shoes. In England, I had to stop on my way to the London Bridge because I was wearing high heels and the walk turned out to be much farther, and in Belgium, my heel broke. In the Dominican Republic, I was asked if I owned any comfortable shoes, and in Hawaii, I had to take my fancy shoes off to get into the sailboat. Yep, people, that’s me. Fashion before comfort.

One particular trip, that my children still laugh at me about, was going to Vermontm and I was wearing flip flops. We stopped at St