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 where 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 living room 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, literally, yet we needed to be spiritually walking in theirs. I just could not get that out 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.
– Carrie Burtt