I won’t: I will. 

**originally written 5/20/08

When others look away

I won’t.

When they laugh at you

I won’t.

When they blame you

I won’t.

When they assume you can’t

I won’t.
When they forget about you

I won’t

When they disown you

I won’t

When they treat you like dirt

I won’t.
When they don’t treat you with respect

I will.

When they won’t come near you

I will.

When they don’t keep their promises

I will.

When they won’t sit by you on the bus

I will.

When they don’t see your value

I will.

When they won’t acknowledge your achievement

I will.

When they won’t love you

I will.

**I wrote this poem in response to the compassion that wells up within me for the people I serve every day, people who struggle with mental illness. It began as my call to action, but as it took shape on paper I realized that I am not capable of doing these things. Only Christ in me can. So this is how I desire to be, but reading it back now, I come to realize that this is what HE does for us all every day of our lives.

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