Take a Knee, by Citizen Writer: Joe Heaton

True humility is when you lower yourself to be beneath those in need. Only then are you low enough put them on your shoulders and lift them up. During recent times, I have been a person in need. Others have knelt down to lift me up. How beautiful is that?

At the same time, I have been on my knees. I do not intend to tell you any stories of what I have done on my knees. I just want to say that I could not have done some of the things that I did if I had not been on my knees. In some cases, it was literal.

For context, there was a young man sitting on the sidewalk asking for mercy, compassion, and mercy. In the mere seconds that it took for me to pass him, he used at least two of those three words. I turned around, and I “took a knee,” as we used to say in the Army. And not just in the American Army.

I remembered a cadre member from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst making the same point. Take a knee. Get down to their level. And that is when the conversation can begin. In this case, I will not say more about my actions. Whether they were virtuous or villainous, God will decide. That is not your call.


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