Monday, February 10, 2020

The Shoe Is On the Other Foot

By Ron Adams

    Meaning: the situation now is the opposite of what it once was; places are reversed.
    Origin: In the mid-19th century this expression was “the boot is on the other leg.” Until the 1800s, there were no left or right boots or shoes. You could put either one on either foot, and if you kept putting the same shoe on the same foot, eventually the shoe would conform to the shape of that foot. If one day you accidentally put the wrong shoe on the foot, the situation would be the reversed.
    One is to be a giver in the time of plenty when another is in need. There may come a time when you’ll be in need of a benefactor (the shoe is on the other foot).

    For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality – at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality; as it is written, “he who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little had no lack.” 2 Corinthians 8:12-15
    … remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Act 20:35

- Ron Adams publishes F.Y.C., a monthly publication. Bible references are from the NASB except where another translation is referenced. Back issues are archived at Be thoughtful and kind. All rights reserved. © 2018

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