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Judge Me by the Footprints I Leave Behind

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A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam.

He called his parents from San Francisco.

“Mom and Dad, I’m coming home, but I’ve got a favor to ask. I have a friend I’d like to bring with me.”

“Sure,” they replied, “we’d love to meet him.”

“There’s something you should know the son continued, “he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mined and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us.”

“I’m sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live.”

“No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us.”

“Son,” said the father, “you don’t know what you’re asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can’t let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He’ll find a way to live on his own.”

At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him.

A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide. The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn’t know, their son had only one arm and one leg.

The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don’t like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren’t as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are.

Thankfully, there’s someone who won’t treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are.

Tonight, before you tuck yourself in for the night, say a little prayer that God will give you the strength you need to accept people as they are, and to help us all be more understanding of those who are different from us!!!

There’s a miracle called -Friendship- that dwells in the heart. You don’t know how it happens or when it gets started. But you know the special lift It always brings and you realize that Friendship Is God’s most precious gift!

Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us.

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11 comments to Judge Me by the Footprints I Leave Behind

  • Puni Mikaele

    I am a Viet Nam veteran and this is a very emotional and inspiration story. Thank you so much for sharing these stories.

    God bless,

    Puni

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  • keyanna

    im not a vet or anything but i love how emotional this was . #keyanna

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  • Pauline

    It is an absolute reminder to us all, to never judge others. It’s Gods’ way to strengthen us so that we can be more like him.

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  • Brenda

    God gives us opportunities each and every day to be more like Christ. We should stop looking at the world through our eyes and look at them through His eyes.

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  • This is a great story? Is this true to life?
    Yes, we are used to hang out with people that are on the same level as we are but there are lot of people who calls our attention. Why can’t we accept them.

    Earlier, I am walking down the street, there is a guy with no feet and only one arm, He is a beggar who is begging for help, I can not take not to help the guy so that I did gave what can I Give.
    I give because It makes me feel more blessed because I can walk and I can work well but there are people who cannot because they are physically impaired!

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  • Martin konde

    quiet inspiring

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  • This is a great story, And it make you stop and think when you say no.

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  • Hosea keter

    You have change my feeling and my look on the unfortunate in the society. We are all the children of God Almighty.

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  • Arman Sarkissyan

    There is this saying in our(armenia) and in Russia
    _dog only bites from the dog’s life!!
    if we all could treat pps well there will be no one to bite anyone else!! I think!!
    But no! We are races,coltures,colores ,sotial diff backgrounds, and after all better then our naybours and anyone else we deal with!!
    That is why all the problems in the world!!

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  • yasumi 7

    friends were my greatest harvest and treasure here on earth… i always thank God for having them in my life.

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  • Joan

    As the Christmas season reveals itself, remember the gifts that are a reflection of God’s Divinity: Acceptance, Love, Forgiveness, Service and Gratitude, to mention a few.

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