Friday, May 10, 2013

what is YOUR best foot forward

The phrase 'put your best foot forward' came to mind this morning.  What followed was the thought of being one who imitates Jesus - surely this would mean putting my best foot forward.  I was curious to know more about this phrase and found out, YES, I got it right!  This pharse means to embark on a journey or task with purpose and gusto.  What could be more purposeful than imitating Him, full of His life and ready to give to others!

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.  Ephesians 5:1-2 NLT

I read to 'put your best foot forward' is an odd saying for us to use because it implies three or more feet.

The 'best' is the name we give  for something that surpasses all others. Something that surpasses one other is specifically called 'the better', as in one's wife being called 'one's better half'.

In case you're interested in when this phrase was 1st recorded, it is in the 2nd edition of Sir Thomas Overbury's poem A Wife, circa 1613:  "He is still setting the best foot forward."

What is your best foot forward?  Would like to know your thoughts too!


  1. Your best "foot" forward is Jesus' "foot", but you have to put it forward ahead of your own.

  2. Anonymous - Love your comment!!!

  3. Would that we always move forward with Him alone and leave our lame broken foot behind.

    1. Deanna - Your comment made me laugh (a knowing type) because I see my attempts at doing life, apart from Him, is walking on a lame or broken leg.