"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Stand firm then, ... with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace." -Ephesians 6:11, 14-15
I like to pack light.
I think part of it came from childhood- the days of road trips with four little girls and you can only choose two toys to bring in the van and "Mom, she's looking at me!" and if you can't carry it, it doesn't come.
It's served me well thus far- I'm the girl at the retreat with one small duffel bag for a long weekend, I'm the girl who once spent ten days traveling along the coast of Lake Superior with only the things we could fit on the motorcycle (and that included the tent and sleeping bags).
The trick is to bring things that are versatile. The top that can be worn to a nice restaurant or in a tent in the woods. The pair of shoes that is dressy enough for a skirt, but still comfortable enough to wear hiking, and work great on the beach, too.
And isn't that what the Gospel offers us?
We've been given readiness through the gospel of peace- we can go anywhere, do anything. We're good to go- to the fancy benefit and to serve at the homeless shelter. As Christians, we fit nowhere in this world, but simultaneously, we know who we are and whose we are. And that peace, that Gospel, means we're ready for wherever we're called.
We've got the right shoes for it.