It’s Impolite to Stare

A disabled man with a shriveled leg,                                                                                                  Loaded down with a grocery bag                                                                                                   Somehow manages his own wheelchair                                                                                              I quickly turn away, it’s impolite to stare.

A woman approaches, pushed from behind                                                                                Distorted, deformed, bitter, unkind                                                                                                    I resist the temptation to gaze at the chair                                                                                          Instead, turn away, it’s impolite to stare.

Sure I care, but what can I do?                                                                                                          I’ve got my own problems and I’m busy, too!                                                                                 So when I see an approaching chair                                                                                                     I turn away, it’s impolite to stare.

I turn away but I have no peace                                                                                                         What is this feeling that gnaws at me                                                                                                This attitude of mine, could it be sin?                                                                                                 I turn away but I struggle within.

How would I feel if heads turned away                                                                                            As I approached they’d have nothing to say                                                                                What if my life were ordained as such                                                                                          Even with God’s grace, could I handle as much?

It’s lonely enough for the average Joes                                                                                           But think how it must be for those                                                                                                Who, anywhere their wheelchair goes                                                                                             Perceives the populace look down its nose.

Attitudes like these are very real                                                                                                    The lack of love just makes them feel                                                                                       They’re in the way and they’re unwanted                                                                                          But will this leave their souls undaunted?

So I said to myself, “Next time, wheelchair!                                                                                      I’ll not turn away, nor will I stare                                                                                                      I’ll avoid the extremities, broken and maimed                                                                             And will search out the eyes that have seen so much pain.

“I’ll offer a smile to that one sitting there                                                                                        To show my acceptance of her and her chair                                                                                    I will not rush through the moment so brief                                                                                 Perhaps I’ll even say ‘Hi!’ when we meet.

“But I know for certain I won’t turn away                                                                                         The encounter might even season the day.”

And so I did it…I smiled at the face                                                                                                 And she smiled back!  Now THAT is God’s grace.

  • For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.    Psalm 139:13-14
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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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5 Responses to It’s Impolite to Stare

  1. Love this Kathleen! We tend to avoid that which we feel uncomfortable with….putting ourselves in their shoes will challenge us to reach out and be challenged to be ‘His Arms Extended”….

  2. Yelena Simonyan says:

    This was such a charming read. Love it! I agree. Smiling is always great!

  3. Frank King says:

    Beautiful; something that speaks to us in a special place. Thanks for writing and sharing.

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