“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with dirty feet.”
There is a regal flair to the life that insists on the higher morality at whatever cost.
That this of Gandhi’s quotes is even possible is a testament to the God in which we can both believe in and rely upon. That the commands of the Spirit and of truth beckon, we marvel.
There are many nuances of aspersion in this saying:
1. Practicalities of the human condition aside, no one can enter our minds without first our say so. Our minds are sacred sites belonging at peace, to God.
2. We do not have to ever tolerate a morality that sinks us beneath the surface of our tolerable destiny. What we accept defines us.
3. People can be given the choice to wash their feet before they enter our lives. It’s their choice; and choice is love, and not without boundaries. This mirrors God’s offer to humanity. Come if we will, but be it on God’s terms.
4. Are we to be blackmailed easily when a higher moral cause awaits us? It should never be.
5. Love insists on forgiveness, even before the transgression is heard or shed. Forgiveness allows the transgression; it understands completely that morality is not a human absolute.
6. We picture Gandhi saying this above with a smile—morally resolute and strong, and still smiling, impervious perhaps to the darkness in others’ hearts.
7. Our minds are censured not by a break of capacity but by a break of resolve. And we know it. Awareness to see and courage to remain steadfast; these two are mighty weapons.
There are more...
But for now we can just swirl this lovely saying around the mouths of our heart, tasting not only its taste, but also its texture—which is depth—and the cool ambience refreshing our souls.
And, finally, we use it to shore up our minds. We are who we think we are, and we are becoming who we train ourselves to be.
Most of all we are who God says we are. And we’re always God’s.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.