if the shoe fits, wear it
"If the shoe fits, wear it." We have all heard that expression before. Some of us may use that expression when talking to friends or family. "This expression is often used when something derogatory is said about a person who then complains to a third party. The third party, if they agree with the original negative comment, might suggest "If the shoe fits, then wear it". Here is an example:
Maria: My husband told me that he couldn't eat the the chicken I cooked for dinner because it was too salty.
Maria's Friend: I'm sorry to hear that but, if the shoe fits, wear it.
I wish I could have used that popular phrase when it came to the shoes I found at the Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh. I first found the shoes in Smithfield at a store called, Rack Room Shoes. I wear a size 10 and the biggest size they had was an 8. I was devastated - seriously! I needed this shoe to match my outfit for Mom Prom. This pewter shoe was everything - in my opinion. I asked the lady at the front desk if another store had the shoe in a 10. Within 5 minutes my daughter and I headed down to Crabtree Mall and there was my size 10 on the counter with my name on it. I retrieved the shoes and proceeded to find a seat with a mirror so that I could admire my new shoes before I made the purchase.
Guess what? They fit, but let me tell you those shoes were absolutely not comfortable. I thought to myself, "Let me walk around the store a bit, maybe I just need to get used to them." Ten minutes later if felt like the ball on the bottom of my right foot was bleeding. I said to my daughter, "Do you think if I got some Dr. Scholls foot pads it would be okay?" She looked at me and said, "You are probably not going to wear them again, they cost $60.00 and they hurt your feet, let's go mom."
Here is the moral of the story, don't force something to fit into your life that looks good but feels uncomfortable. Don't force a job, a friendship, a business deal, a purchase, a dating relationship etc. if it "looks good" but does not fit. In other words you get that check in your spirit, that red flag deep within that says - NO!! Do not. I repeat, do not ignore that red flag boo. Proverbs 4:6-7 says, "Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding."
Things may look good, smell good, feel good, sound good but when wisdom says no, heed the warning and carry on. Just because the shoe fits doesn't mean it is comfortable.