Our choices shape us and move us along life’s journey
sometimes taking us to places we never dreamed we’d go. Such is the story of Marcie J. Keithley.
What is the Shoebox Effect?“The Shoebox Effect” is a term from the insurance industry. It’s where someone pays the normal price for services and saves the receipts for reimbursement. These receipts are often stored in a shoebox, but are usually forgotten and never submitted. The person saving the receipts spends a lot of time and effort but never reaps the benefit. The Shoebox Effect applies to humans in another, very real way. We may store keepsakes and mementos in a physical shoebox in our closet, sorting through them from time to time relieving carefree days. We also store bad memories in our emotional shoeboxes, shoving those hurtful experiences to the backs of our minds so we don’t have to deal with the feelings of guilt or shame.
There is a price to pay for what we don’t face in our past.I had to face my past in order to find freedom, and so do you. Whether you have an actual shoebox or an invisible one that you reference from time to time, the Shoebox Effect is a reality. And, you know what? You’ll experience a freedom you’ve never imagined once you find the courage to face your past. God doesn’t promise us all a Hallmark happy ending, but He does promise that He won’t abandon us as we face our demons and fight for the freedom that is already ours. I pray that my story will cause you to find your own version of a happy ending. I deserved it, and so do you.
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