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Make a Good Shoe

This story is fairly representative of what I desire in an ideology.

Martin Luther was once approached by a man who enthusiastically announced that he’d recently become a Christian. Wanting desperately to serve the Lord, he asked Luther, “What should I do now?” As if to say, should he become a minister or perhaps a traveling evangelist. A monk, perhaps.

Luther asked him, “What is your work now?”

“I’m a shoe maker.”

Much to the cobbler’s surprise, Luther replied, “Then make a good shoe, and sell it at a fair price.”

It’s so…simple.

And yet I always find myself making a poor shoe or selling it for too high a price. Or sometimes even a perfect shoe and selling it for too low a price.

Nope, just a good shoe and a fair price.

Don’t discount that idea.