Be Kind Anyway

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Some days I still have the capacity to be shocked.

People of faith tend to be the ones who disappoint the most. I expect more of them, but this is pretty unrealistic even in the best of times.

I’m not totally jaded, I still expect good behavior from everyone although this is often not the case. If I were honest, I am probably just as guilty.

I revert to the words of Mother Teresa “If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.”  When wronged, we must let it go and forgive as we take a step forward in faith.

To dwell on the negative is self-defeating. And the thing I refuse to be is defeated!

Today…I will be kind anyway.

 

Anger Management

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Of all the human emotions, the one that I have the most problem with is anger. I just don’t get it.

I work in a profession involving mood swings, emotional decisions and highly charged situations. I have yet to see anger solve anything and typically it causes everyone to loose all rational thought. Rancor reigns and it is just so unnecessary.

I truly believe that issues can be resolved through a thoughtful process of communication. We may not always agree, but we can agree to politely disagree. It’s called civility. I wish there was more of it.

Yes…Jesus was angry on a few occasions but not typically so. His message was love, love and more love. In fact, Jesus extols the truth that love is the greatest commandment.

My father was a survivor of WWII and a former POW in a Nazi camp. The Nazi army marched my Dad and his fellow soldiers all over Germany and Poland. My Dad spoke of carrying the officers guns for them when they tired. How’s that for a witness of God’s love? My Dad always said “Kill them with kindness” and he meant it.

I endeavor to do so.

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. Proverbs 10:12 (NIV)