An old belief is like an old shoe. We so value its comfort that we fail to notice the hole in it.
The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing, and can’t be judged by unspiritual critics. Isaiah’s question, “Is there anyone around who knows God’s Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?” has been answered: Christ knows, and we have Christ’s Spirit.
~1 Corinthians 2:14-16
My mom had a spot in the bathroom where she left a pair of (once) white loafers. They were always there. They were her go to shoes when she got home from work. The seams were splitting, the color was more of a dusty grey, the soles were worn. She loved them till the day she died.
I have a pair of boat shoes that I bought for my first sailing date with my husband. They were brand new Sperry Topsiders and known for their functionality. (They have since become a trendy shoe in some circles.) I wore those shoes on every sailing adventure through our first years of marriage. We are married over 30 years and those shoes are among the very few things I have from that time. I loved them for what they stood for, the love that launched those journeys.
Sometimes, we have beliefs like that; long held since our childhood, or picked up in the infancy of our faith. Instead of getting a new pair of shoes, or discarding the old ones, sometimes we try to squeeze into that old pair, like the step sisters in a well known fairy tale, just to make sure we have a chance at getting the prince, or staying in our comfort zone.
Letting go of these things can be so difficult. Seeing something all over again in a new way is nearly impossible but for the eyes of Christ and the Holy Spirit.
I pray for you and for myself that this becomes an easier task, that you and I may see what the Lord has in store for us.
Lord, be Thou my vision.
Because of Him,