I remember a wise retired minister once gave me a very practical tip as one aspiring to follow in his footsteps to be a minister. The cardinal rule, suggested by the wise minister, is that one should never wear a pair of socks with holes if we are invited to preach in another church. This is a very wise suggestion as in Malaysia, some churches practise the Asian tradition by taking off shoes as we enter the church sanctuary, just like we would take off shoes as we enter the homes. As such, it would be rather embarrassing if the church we visit happens to be one that practises taking off shoes, and for that particular occasion, we happen to be wearing socks that have holes!
In the seminary where I teach, we take off our shoes as we gather for chapel services. Occasionally, we do notice those coming to chapel wear socks with holes. A couple of weeks ago, I happened to notice someone doing just that!
Guess who this person is!