Judge Not the Shopper by the Shopping Cart

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

I finished shopping and I put my cart in the corral.
But suddenly the wind picked up and pushed it right back out.
It turned the cart around and drove it at a car’s front end.
So glad at least the car was parked, and no one was within.
It all happened so fast that there was nothing I could do.
I was already buckled in when that cart turned and flew.
All I could do was watch and hope no damage would be done.
Good thing cars have front bumpers cuz that car sure needed one.
I realized then that things aren’t always quite the way they look.
For many times I’ve seen loose carts, assuming that it took
Some carelessness or laziness on someone else’s part
For there to be a missile launched like that rogue shopping cart.
I’d bought into the idea that there are two kinds of folks:
The ones who put their carts away, and lazy ones who don’t.
But now I’ve learned it isn’t always quite so black and white,
Cuz circumstances can undo what someone else did right.
So next time something goes awry, I will remember this –
I have no right to just assume a motive was amiss.
And I will try to keep from judging someone else’s heart
As I recall the wind that blew my wayward shopping cart.
“Judge not, and you shall not be judged.
Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Luke 6:37 NKJV
©Lisa DeVinney, January 2015

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