Breaking in boots

by DanWolgemuth on June 25, 2010

I’m not sure that I’ve ever bought a pair of used hiking boots before, but that’s exactly what I did eighteen months ago at the local REI Garage Sale. Consequently, I own a pair of beautiful Asolo boots.

I’ve certainly worn them from time to time, but never for a big one… yes, never for a hike up a Colorado 14er. (One of 54 14,000+ foot mountains that grace this wonderful state.) Last year when Mary and I did a major climb in July, I opted for my old hiking boots because I hadn’t yet broken in my Asolos.

This is precisely why I wore these boots last weekend while I spent several hours working in my basement… and again during the week for some work around the house. Boots, even really good boots… need to be broken in. They need to experience the unique (in my case short and wide) contour and construction of your foot.

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” ~ Philippians 2:12-13 (ESV)

When the Apostle Paul implored the church in Philipi to “work out your own salvation…” he was challenging them to “break in their boots.” To test and see the fit, the contour, the strength, the grace, the power, and the personal application of their salvation. He wanted them to demonstrate faith for today; for now… so that they would be ready for the big climbs, for the proving of their faith… “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” ~ James 1:2-3

So now we’ve set the date and we’ve picked the mountain… Mt. Belford – 14,197 feet. This time with my Asolo boots. Tested, proven… and ready.

May this be true as I work out my salvation as well.

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