One recent winter morning, I headed out to my car to warm it up. A series of unexpectedly harsh ice and snow storms had taken Portland by surprise. Most of us were not prepared or equipped.
That morning I was wearing my Chuck Taylors. They are my favorite shoes, but they are not known for their traction. Sliding around my ice-covered driveway, gripping the side mirror of my car, I realized I might have picked the wrong shoes for the day ahead of me.
Chuck Taylors have many different qualities as shoes. They’re light, fun, and colorful. They trigger the right amount of nostalgia. They communicate a certain fashion aesthetic (If you’re not clear, that aesthetic is “I’m Not Entirely a Fan of This Adulting Thing.”) But no matter how comfortable I am with them, they are not the shoes for ice and snow.
There’s a life lesson here: One of the reasons we often don’t get the results we want in life is because we’ve chosen the wrong tools for the job. We often choose the wrong tools because we don’t think clearly about the nature of our tools.
This is also true for personal and spiritual growth.