Walk a Mile in My Shoes

Titus 3:2 urges us “to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”

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I am a visual person.  When I read scripture or a book, I actually visualize what I am reading.  When I read about Jesus, in the new testament, I can see him walking, talking, healing and hurting.  It’s almost as if I am walking along with him, side by side.  As I journey with Jesus, visually, I also feel a variety of emotions.

I think this generation has become less sensitive, intolerant if you will, of those who are not like them. Instead of realizing that we are all different and trying to understand each other, we seem to hate anyone who is not like us.  As a teenager raised in the church, I remember Christians were accused of this behavior.   Now, it seems like it is an attitude that is running rampant regardless of age, nationality or background.

I think unless we have walked a mile in someone’s shoes, we do not have the knowledge or authority to talk about them?  I have never been a president so how can I truly talk bad about him.  I may not like decisions that he makes, but because I do not live in the white house and I do not have the whole knowledge of the situation, how can I really know why he chose to do something.  Isn’t he the president and doesn’t he have the responsibility to look after the US as best as he can.  Doesn’t he live here too and wouldn’t everything that he does effect him, his wife and his family also?  If he loves them and himself, wouldn’t he do things that would be positive for them also.  He isn’t going to be the white house forever right?

This attitude goes beyond Jesus and the president.  If you have never been a pastor, the owner of a company, a manager, a mom, a dad, an addict, an abused woman, abandoned, mentally ill, the list goes on. Unless you have walked in any of those shoes you are simply talking about what you see. What we see is very rarely the whole story.  There was a reason why Jesus came, why He healed, why He ask men to become His disciples, why He went to the cross, why He died and rose again and the list goes on.  If you just look at Jesus without understanding the whole story, He could appear to just be a mad man.  But when you understand all those things you see what an amazing thing He did for us.

If Christians, would think of ways to encourage and understand those who are different from them, walk a mile in their shoes, our world be a better place.  There would be less quarreling, we would be gentler to others, and we would show perfect courtesy toward all people.  Today, take time to ask questions of someone who is not like us, someone who has made a decision you do not like, talk to someone living a lifestyle different than yours, who believes different than you and so one.  You just may walk away understanding that person more, talking about them less and being kinder to them.  After doing this a couple of times, I think you will begin to talk about others less because you will try to walk a mile in their shoes before making judgements of others based solely on what you see.

  One thought on “Walk a Mile in My Shoes

  1. July 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Thank You! Very good article and a must read for us all. God bless you. 🤗

  2. July 12, 2018 at 12:23 am

    I really enjoyed reading this! Thank you!!

    • July 12, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks for leaving a comment. It is encouraging when you see that your words are actually read and enjoyed!!

      • July 12, 2018 at 1:32 pm

        Oh yes! I fully agree. There is so much thought and time puts towards writing our ideas and insights, good feedback is truly rewarding. I’m encouraged by your writings.☺

      • August 1, 2018 at 4:08 am

        So glad you were encouraged by my words. I pray every day that I can share LIFE with others in a way that is not whining but speaking words of truth in an encouraging way.

  3. Lauren Macdonald
    July 16, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Beautiful, thank you. the other thing is that talking about people, analysing them, judging them etc takes so much time! So much more can be achieved if we simply do what we are called to do and let Jesus carry the load of judging others.

    • August 1, 2018 at 4:07 am

      Amen Lauren. Although it may be hard to do, your words are so true.

  4. July 16, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Wonderful thoughts and words to live by. Thank you so much for sharing your heart. Blessings to you.

  5. July 17, 2018 at 12:41 am

    Agreed. Thank you for taking time to respond with your thoughts.

  6. Speaking Endian
    July 17, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Wonderful! It definitely makes a difference when we choose to help others from a place of understanding love rather than a place of premediated judgements.

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