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Monday, October 24, 2016

Be kind.

The world we live in is such a mess. It is ruled by hatred and bitterness. People are killing, lying, and fighting with not only weapons, but also with words. I'm not just talking politics either. It's in everyday life. Greed, vice, and heartbreak. Weren't we taught to love like Jesus does?  To turn the other cheek and show kindness to all? Show empathy and have understanding that all people are fighting battles within themselves?

For the past year or so I have been listening to a lot of country music. I used to listen to country but stopped for years because of the memories it would bring up.  I have enjoyed listening to it again; as it defines what love is, how to love one another and how to just be a good person. Take a look at Garth Brooks' We Shall Be Free, Eric Church's Kill a Word, and Tim McGraw's Always be Humble and Kind. These lyrics describe what life should be like. "I'd turn hate and lies to love and truth", "when the first thing we look for is beauty within", "bitterness keeps you from flying". These lyrics hang over me and I try to live and act by them.  Do I slip?  Yes.  However my heart knows when I am in the wrong and I try to learn lessons from my actions.   

Too many people are choosing a road of animosity.   Deceitfulness and just plain malice is how they respond to something that threatens them.  Bringing others down in order to feel more powerful has become a way of life. Worse yet, people are not standing up against these acts of hate.  They have become bystanders even when they know it isn't right-they just let it go, let it happen.  It's time to change.  

Stop the bullying. 
End the rudeness.
Toss the hate.
Block resentment.
Freeze bitterness. 

Just be kind. To everyone. 
Be selfless. 

And when they strike you in return, show compassion.  Why? Because it's the humane thing to do. Fighting hate with hate isn't going to get us anywhere.  You can't fix those who choose animosity, but you can choose to forgive and walk away.  How can we make the world a better place?  The answer is easy--Be kind.  

"In a world where you can be anything, be kind." ~(can't find who said this but I love it)

1 comment:

grabe31 said...

Thanks for helping teach our kids these important lessons!