take a walk in my shoes

i hate when people are judgmental.
it is probably the worst thing ever.

a few years ago, 
i participated in this awesome community service thing called 
youth court.
in one of the trainings, we were taking a lunch break.
there was a scraggly homeless-looking man 
asking people for food and money.
he had a beard and didn't look too pleasant.
many looked down on him.

after walking back into the training room 
and resuming what we had been learning,
we shifted the discussion to the man outside.
barbara, the leader said, 
"my goodness. what did you guys think about that guy out there? he was creepy!"
after that, nothing but harsh reactions came from the rest of us.
then, that scraggly man walked in...

"meet jason.
he is our undercover narcotics cop."

well, how cool!
but we all passed judgment.
and that wasn't cool.
ever since then,
i have strived to be perfected in NOT judging.
we all do it.
but i hate when people look at someone, 
and instantly think something.

"they're on drugs.
she sleeps around.
does that person not shower? 
they must be poor." 

it's sad.
and completely wrong on every level.
why don't you take a walk in their shoes..
they didn't have parents who taught them.
they weren't blessed with being able to pay rent like you are.
we all have our own struggles.
and so do they.
next time you look at someone and start to think something,
because they are just like you.
a person.
trying to get by.
and living their life.



  1. this is all so true. i love the last picture with the quote. amazing.

    ♥, sarah
    the life of a redhead

  2. I was literally thinking about this a few minutes ago as I was driving home from dropping my girl off at school. It's sad how quickly and harshly people pass judgment. There's a story behind every judgment that we could make about a person.

    People who are judgmental are seriously one of my biggest annoyances and hurts in life. It causes so much damage. Anyway, thanks for sharing this. You always have good things to say!

  3. this is a sweet reminder. Thanks for the good story.

  4. Somehow your posts always coincide with either my thoughts or things that I need to be working on myself. Thanks for the beautiful reminder!!

  5. Totally agree! You never know who you are judging or what they've been through in their life.

  6. I love your ending picture. I also agree with you. Judging people in the world today seems common place but that's not the way God wanted it.

    Thank you for sharing such a sweet view,

  7. I absolutely love this post. Refraining from judgment is honestly one of the things I'm MOST passionate about in life. I remember I had an experience with a woman when I was twelve years old who saw that I was talking on my brand new cell phone to my best friend who happened at the time to be a boy...I was so excited to just be USING my very own cell phone, and wasn't doing anything inappropriate whatsoever! She came up to me and said, "I'd appreciate it if you'd not act like such a slut around me." I had no idea what that word even meant, and for crying out loud, I was twelve!! Judgment destroys relationships, as my relationship with this woman has certainly never been the same since, and it colored her children's opinions of me who witnessed the whole situation. Judgment is hurtful and cruel, and even if I disapprove with what someone else is doing, it is NOT my place to pass judgment on why they are how they are. Thanks so much for this post!

  8. I love that your posts always make me think about how I can be better. You always hit the nail right on the head. Thanks for the great reminder about not passing judgement. You're awesome. :)

  9. I cannot tell you how much I love this. I have really strived to be less judgemental lately and it truly makes a difference. Thanks for sharing that story!

  10. I totally agree. Thanks for sharing, people need to hear it.

  11. Great post! as a nurse I deal with homeless people a lot, we had a lecture about caring for the homeless client the other day and it really opened my eyes to what it's like to be homeless. Many of them are born into such awful circumstances that we can't even imagine...

  12. Yes! We've been talking about respect with the kiddos at church this month...teaching them that respect means not judging or talking bad about someone...and even adults need reminders of that sometimes too.

  13. LOVE this. Thanks for sharing this story. I've recently been on the receiving end of some judgement (from family members, no less!) and man. It sucks. Thanks for this reminder. Everyone can use it!

  14. love this. love you. can we meet up in the real world and become the best of friends? because i hate clowns AND judgement too. <3


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