In a culture that’s dominated by images of worldly success, it’s tempting to walk in the footsteps of others instead of traveling the path the Lord has marked out for us. I remember years ago, when my dad was stepping into a leadership role in which he would be filling really big shoes, he wrote a book called Walking in Your Own Shoes. The “big-picture” idea he presented is that while it’s enticing to want what others have, there’s no true satisfaction in imitation, nor is there a way to carry out our God-ordained calling by following someone else’s path. We inherit power when we walk in our own shoes, and doing so is only possible when we surrender our plans to Jesus Christ. Our Lord formed us in the womb, and before we were born, He knew us. He holds the blueprint for our lives in His hands, and He alone understands how uniquely gifted we are. As we daily seek to become more like Him in attitude and action, He fuels a passion that points us directly to our divine destiny. Perhaps this is why the Bible says that those who meditate on His promises will flourish like a tree — deeply rooted in His love, producing a harvest of good fruit, and providing shelter and shade to others.
My friend, when you stop comparing yourself to people and follow in your Savior’s footsteps, He will prosper you beyond anything you can fathom. As you rest and rejoice in Jesus, He will make your way straight and cause you to grow stronger in every season. Even if poor decisions have led you on a downward path, He will gladly forgive you and set your feet on the Rock of His faithfulness. The journey He has ordained for you is perfect, and as you continually look to Him, He will lift you up and use the road you travel to bless, empower, and inspire others.