I found some shoes in my closet last week. I had purchased a new pair, so it was time to get rid of the old ones. These were old ones, twice removed. I guess they had been shoved to the back of the closet and missed in the previous shoe shuffle.
My shoes tend to wear out on the inside, making the heel of the shoe about half as tall on one side as the other. These had the typical wear pattern, but worse. I guess I had tried to stretch their life a little longer than usual. I placed them, along with the old pair I was replacing, in our family's donation stack, but I almost felt embarrassed. If someone uses those shoes, they are going to end up walking like a pigeon-toed duck (is it a grammatical foul to mix a fowl metaphor?).
It made me thankful for the new life we have in Christ. When we know the Savior, we are always new, having received a life that will never end. Cool! I won't end up like those shoes!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)