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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Someone Elses Shoes



We travel the streets heading to our different destinations too many times unaware of the many conveniences and blessings that help us make the trip.  Like blinking,and breathing, we never take a second thought to it, we just blindly go on our busy way.  But we should be taking a second thought, and a third, fourth, and fifth, for there are many that do not have the same means that we do to get were they are going. They may not have a car,a home, or even a pair of shoes to protect their feet.
Recently, my church had a shoe drive for the homeless. We gathered together many shoes from different members of the congregation to provide for the homeless of Houston.  I could not help but think about the saying "walk 10 miles in someone else's shoes".  My grandmother had a plaque that hung from her livingroom wall that had that saying, and it always stuck with me.  We are always so quick to judge others without truly understanding their circumstance or background.  We would be giving our shoes and they would be walking 10 miles in our shoes, litteraly, yet we needed to be spiritually walking in theirs.  I just could not get that our of my heart and mind after that.  All I can really do is appreciate the many blessings that I do have in my life, and hope that when there is someone in need, I will be able to fill the shoes for what is needed in their life.


14 comments:

Leslie said...

So true, Carrie. And I think because you want to, He will guide you to the who, what, and when.

P.S. I love the header photo on this blog. I forgot you have two... and I love the Isak Dinesen quote, too.

Carrie Burtt said...

Thank you Leslie...you are always so wonderfully encouraging...hope you have a wonderful Thursday! :-)

Kara said...

Carrie,
Thank you for stopping by my blog today and for your kind words.

I really love this that you wrote of walking in another's shoes and giving your own at the same time. Such lessons in doing those two things. One is a simple gift and the other a not-so-simple admonition. Such a good reminder that lends a proper perspective.

Blessings,
Kara

madamebutterfly said...

A very thought provking post - thsnk you for sharing it

Carrie Burtt said...

Thank you Kara and Madamebutterfly for reading it...everyone's comments always encourage me on...:-)

Kati patrianoceu said...

This is really interesting to me. We always say we should walk 10 miles in anothers' shoes. But should we invite others to walk in our shoes?

Ruth said...

a shoe drive for the homeless is a thoughtful move...! this inspires me... oh how more thankful we need to be for what we enjoy everyday... how much more we need to think of and pray for those who don't get to enjoy them. Thank you!

Thanks also for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment Carrie. You always encourage. I'm so glad we are friends..:)

love and hugs,
Ruth

Caty said...

this was beautifully said. what a wonderful heart you have :)

Sarah said...

So true, Carrie . . . what a simple, profound thought.

emily wierenga said...

carrie... do you know how beautiful your heart?

you always, always shake me, make me want more of HIM.

this: "there are many that do not have the same means that we do to get were they are going."

i join you in walking in others' spiritual shoes this week, sister. xo

Claudia said...

this was really beautiful said - and i so agree with you - we judge others far too soon without even having tried to understand their point of view and their lives.

sarah said...

this blog is sooo beautiful. love the scene at the top....the artistic flair..the feel of someone who sees outside the box...☺☺☺

alittlebitograce said...

it's amazing how our perceptions of others change when we walk in their shoes and begin to understand how they got where they are and what their life looks like.

Carrie Burtt said...

Thank you one and all for your wonderful observations and comments this post really hit home for me...has been on my mind for a while. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! :-)