Monday, August 10, 2015

Walk a Mile in His Moccasins/Judge Softly

Painting by R.C. Gorman

Don't find fault with the man that limps, 
Or stumbles along the road
Unless you have worn the moccasins he wears, 
Or stumbled beneath the same load.

There may be tears in his soles that hurt
Though hidden away from view.
The burden he bears placed on your back
May cause you to stumble and fall, too.

Don't sneer at the man who is down today
Unless you have felt the same blow 
That caused his fall or felt the shame
That only the fallen know.

You may be strong, but still the blows
That were his, unknown to you in the same way,
May cause you to stagger and fall, too.

Don't be too harsh with the man that sins
Or pelt him with words, or stone, or disdain
Unless you are sure you have no sins of your own, 
And it's only Wisdom and Love that your heart contains.

For you know, if the Tempter's voice
Should whisper as soft to you
As it did to him when he went astray,
It might cause you to falter, too.

Just walk a mile in his moccasins
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse
If just for one hour, you could find a way
To see through his eyes, instead of your own muse.

I believe you'd be surprised to see
That you've been blind and narrow-minded, even unkind.
There are people on reservations and in the ghettos
Who have so little hope, and too much worry on their minds.

Brother, there but for the Grace of God go you and I.
Just for a moment, slip into his mind and traditions
And see the world through his spirit and eyes
Before you cast a stone or falsely judge his conditions.

Remember to walk a mile in his moccasins
And remember the lessons of humanity taught to you by your elders.
We will be known forever by the tracks we leave
In other people's lives, our kindnesses and generosity.

Take the time to walk a mile in his moccasins.


There is nothing else that needs to be said except this:  As Disciples of Christ, to walk a mile in someone else's moccasins is to be more Christ-like because this is what Jesus Christ has done for us.

I bow my head.

Because of Him and Unto Him,


Bill (cycleguy) said...

Hi Diane! Sorry it has taken me so long to visit your neck of the woods. This post was so appropriate for me today. As a pastor I have to be careful not to expect more from people than they are capable, and that includes how they live their life. It is not mine to judge; it is mine to love.

Diane Ronzino said...

Welcome Bill! I had no idea you were a pastor. You are most welcome at my little home here. I understand your time constraints. We are all in the same boat, regardless of our callings. Thanks for taking the time to come by, read, and comment. Have a wonderful day!

Melanie Ghauri said...

So beautiful Di. I have never read it, but is now a favorite. Solidifies what Holy Spirit has been gently ministering to my soul. Xo Mel

Diane Ronzino said...

Oh, good, Mel. I never read it either until just now. Convicting!

Betty Draper said...

No judgement here my friend, only prayer.

Diane Ronzino said...

I expect no less from you, Betty!