I have a confession to make.
I can be a critical person.
I know it’s wrong but I find myself doing it anyway.
It is way to easy for me to criticize someone because of my perceptions of them.
I see a kid screaming in the grocery store and my first thought is “What kind of parent allows their child to scream in the grocery store? Come on, be a better parent!”
I see people who are struggling with their finances and my first thought is “If you sold your $50,000 truck you wouldn’t be in this position!”
The problem is: I don’t have a clue as to what is really going on in these people’s lives!
Walk a mile in my shoes
In the 1970′s Elvis Presley wrote a song called “Walk a Mile in My Shoes.” The chorus of the song goes like this:
Walk a mile in my shoes,
just walk a mile in my shoes
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Then walk a mile in my shoes
These are words that I want to live my live by!
Instead of criticizing another person we need to take the time to walk a mile in their shoes.
Here’s the rest of the song . Let the words sink in as you listen to it.