Keeping Up With My Own Shoes…

You know the old proverb, “walk a mile in a man’s shoes before you judge them.” The longer I live, I believe my life is about really experiencing a handful proverbs–in excruciating detail. This season I’m learning something about humility. I can’t recall faces in detail. The judgments aren’t vivid, but the hubris was real, palpable and now laughable. All I can remember is that a younger, pompous guy that looked a lot like me would say things like, “of course, would you expect anything less?” and smugly, “let me show you how it’s done.” That bristly tenderfoot brushed against worn soles. In my juvenile life, I encountered these people that were seasoned by life that had seemed to enter compact with life: they would temper their passion and desires for their lives in return for something I didn’t understand, something that looked like a plea for mercy. When I…

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