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Crawl Before We Walk from the Writing Collection of Linda Bates Terrell, USA

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Linda Bates Terrell, USA


Crawl Before We Walk

If you seen a man walking down the street, and he had no shoes upon his feet. Would you surmise he was homeless, and had made too many poor decisions?
If you seen a man dressed as a dirty and poor a beggar, and sitting all alone. Would you surmise he was down on his luck and hand him your last buck?
If you seen a woman with 7 or more children out on a stroll. Would you believe she should have used more birth control.
If you seen a staggering man in a sailor uniform, and dirty. Would you assume he had been in a bar room brawl?
If you go to fish, do you cast your line into the deepest part of the lake? Would you assume that in the deepest spot is where the biggest fish would swim?
If you stood in the grocery isle and seen a woman with little money, trying to pay for her few groceries. Would you offer her some assistance, or assume she was purposely being annoying, and gripe because the line was moving way too slow?

Maybe as the sayings go, "We should look before we leap, crawl before we walk, and never judge another least we be judged!"

For if you seen that man on the street with out any shoes, did you stop to think, to some less fortunate one he may have given his?
And what if the man that looked as poor as any beggar, was just a weary man that had worked two jobs to pay the past dew mortgage and the hospital for his wife's surgery, even though she never made it, or that he had been to proud to have taken any help back then.
And as for the woman with 7 children strolling along. Did you stop to think she might have lovingly adopted each and every precious one.
As for the sailor staggering dirty down the street. He may have been a tired volunteer fireman who had just saved a strange child in a local fire.
And maybe, could that woman in the long grocery isle be using her last dime, just to buy groceries for a desperate elderly friend.
As for that biggest fish, you were so positive was swimming in the deepest lake water, you never thought that he might swim near the edges, every now and then.

During life sometimes we assume, we surmise, we even second guess on occasion events or even something that just occurred. God would teach us that we should think of others to be thankful and always forgive, not to judge, share before we save, and cry before we rejoice. For even as Gods children we all fall short. And he would always expect for us, as we daily grow, to always crawl through life... long before we walk.

Linda Bates Terrell
December 21, 2011

corrected spelling errors March 7, 2012

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linda terrellHello Aima Edwards. thanks so much for the comment. We all hope for help. But true help isn't help at all if it is begrudged or not when one needs it. God sees in our hearts. And we do our best not to surmise what is in others. United States7/5/2012 10:22:08 PM
linda terrellHello Katie Rose. Thanks so much for your kind comments. Yes, sometimes we all fall short of the kind of wisdom it takes to choose and not judge. But as humans while searching within ourselves we do our best to find the right answers. United States7/5/2012 10:19:38 PM
Aima Edwardstruly touching! Your poem talks about love, in the sense that if i was in the line having trouble with some cash i would expect help from someone,so looking at the Bible God says 'do unto others as you would them to do to you', also by giving one help you make God's heart happy so be blessed!Tanzania3/7/2012 8:29:47 PM
Katie RoseWhat a beautiful point of view you have, it's inspiring to see that there are still people with good judgement or no judgement, truly truly a wonderful poemUSA3/6/2012 1:47:28 PM
Linda terrellThanks Bill, we should all realize our first impressions of ourselves to others are the most valuable... when others opinions are formed of us good or bad. It is a new moment in time, experienced only by our own thoughts. And may be the strongest memory another person has of us, or we will have of another. Bless you. United States2/23/2012 10:51:19 PM
Linda terrellThanks Nishu, It came to me to write it because I was behind a young girl in line at the store, that needed a few cents to complete her sale. I handed her a quarter and as I did recalled hard times when my kids were little. So it was a debt that day I paid to her that others had given me on occasion when my children were young. I did not find out her name or I would tell her how she inspired me that day. Bless you.United States2/23/2012 12:02:03 PM
Linda terrellThanks so much J. J. I didn't even realize I won. I was checking my responses, and there it was. And especially thanks for adding me to the VoicesNet Winners Hall of fame. I feel so honored. Thanks to each of you, and most of all to Jeff for this VoicesNet site. United States2/23/2012 11:56:18 AM
Bill MailliwCongratulations Linda. As has been said, thought provoking piece. Makes one wonder how often our first impressions of people and situations can be so erroneous. Thank you, and again congratsUK2/23/2012 10:51:33 AM
Jacinta RamayahThank you for allowing me to have a better understanding of people and not to have preconceived ideas about them. A deserving win. Congratulations, Linda.Malaysia2/23/2012 10:32:44 AM
John AbahGreat!Thanks for this.Nigeria2/23/2012 7:15:04 AM
Linda, this was a beautifully written, thoughtful, thought provoking, sensitive and compassionate write. So well said, poignant with a wonderful learning and message. My warmest wishes to you, Nishu 2/23/2012 12:59:38 AM
JJCongratulations!USA2/22/2012 11:42:29 PM
Linda terrellJennifer, life is just not as we see it, there are many aspects of possibilities with each thing we see, smell, taste, ect. using each of our senses. Life is much experienced when we challenge to examine our own conclusions. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Glad I stirred your thoughts. It brings for a healthy mind to challenge our own thoughts as well as others. Merry Christmas to you and yours! United States12/22/2011 10:12:35 AM
Linda terrellMarvina, it is always nice to read your comments. Thanks for taking the time to do so. I wish you and your family a delightful Christmas and a Happy new Year. United States12/22/2011 10:08:31 AM
Marvenea RainwaterLinda, this was an excellent document, very impressive. Thank you for sharing, I did enjoy it very much. A Merry Christmas to you and your family. MarVenea R.USA12/22/2011 7:17:25 AM
jennifer mbunabotnx 4 ds brilliant piece.ur words really gt me thinkin bout life.nigeria12/22/2011 5:30:00 AM

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