It’s so true. You really can’t see (or understand) the complete picture until you’ve walked a mile in someone else’s shoes. I’m not sure a mile is even enough ground to cover it.
It’s far too easy to judge, point fingers and cast stones. Yet, at some point on the journey we all do it. We can’t imagine ever falling out of step with Jesus in that way. And maybe it’s true. Maybe there are certain lines we personally won’t cross. But this doesn’t mean that we won’t make our own mistakes in our own ways. We all sin and fall short of God’s glorious standards.
Most of my poetry is sparked from heart felt moments. Whereas, most of what I wrote before I accepted Jesus into my heart was either longing or just a creative event. Not based on my journey. My journey really wasn’t that interesting.
However, since I gained Christ life has not been without adventure. The terain has definitely not been easy. The story has a lot of twists and turns and there have been days when I’ve really wanted a different story. Turn the page already! I need a new chapter! Yeah, that sort of thing. You may have had days, weeks, months and even years like this too.
This poem was written as part of my battle with depression and anxiety. The one thing depression does is it can cause a lot of guilt. Ohers seem like super heros as they appear to walk upright. Whereas you can feel like you’re looking weak as you stumble over yourself. You know that so many just won’t understand your story. Thus was born the poem below.
If you haven’t viewed my post The Depressed Christian [Here] I’d encourage you to watch the video in that post to gain a more compassionate heart towards those struggling with depression.
There’s also another side of judging others without walking a mile in somebody else’s shoes. David’s post [Here] looks at judging others from a bit of a different angle. Things aren’t always as they appear. Let’s not be so quick to assume things, and let’s obey Jesus’ command not to judge.
You don’t know the things she’s been through
You don’t know the struggles life’s spun
You can’t see the lies she’s fought through
She’s far from perfect
But she’s deeply loved.
You don’t know the steps she’s taking
You don’t know how far she’s come
You can’t see the battle she’s facing
She may be weak
But she’s not completely undone.
For she’ll rest in God
And she’ll stand again
He’ll hold her tight
For he’s a true-blue friend
He won’t let you cast a stone her way
Because the truth of the matter is we’re all the same.
March 5th, 2021
Sinners Saved by God’s Grace
“Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard, and all need to be made right with God by His grace, which is a free gift. They need to be made free from sin through Jesus Christ.” –Romans 3:23-24 (New Century Version)
Jesus: Our Redeemer, Defender and Protector
“When they continued to ask Jesus their question, He raised up and said, “Anyone here who has never sinned can throw the first stone at her.” John 8:7 (New Century Version)
“No matter who you are, before you judge the wickedness of others, you had better remember this: you are also without excuse, for you too are guilty of the same kind of things! When you judge others, and then do the same things they do, you condemn yourself.” –Romans 2:1 (The Passion Translation)
“Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.” –Romans 14:4 (NIV)
Go Ahead and Stand
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