Monday, November 28, 2016
“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.” — Albert Schweitzer
Doctor Chris had to come two more times yesterday. He gave me an IV injection to attempt to stop the internal bleeding that has become a problem. While he waited to see if it was going to work, we had an opportunity for some real conversation. We both agreed that the most important thing in life is not what you have or what you have achieved, it is the relationship you have with Christ and with others. When the chips are down, it will not be your car, your house, or your position in the community that will support and sustain you, it will be your relationships. If you have people who love you, people who will do things for you, people who will pray for you, people who will hold your hand while embarrassing things are being done to your body, people who will drop everything to come to your side—those are your true riches. First, of course, you need a good relationship with Christ for comfort, strength, peace, and ability to withstand the pains and complications from serious problems. That is essential. If you have that, then you will probably have the other relationships you need because that is what Christ preached and lived. You are defined by how you treat others, no exception. If you are kindness personified, then that kindness will be reflected back upon you like bright sunlight off a window pane. If you want people to love you, you have to love people. It’s just that simple. Why do you think a man would ride his bicycle in the middle of the night knowing bandits were out to go to the doctor’s house and bring him to me? You think it’s because he wanted a raise? You think it’s because he wanted better working conditions? It was because he had been the recipient of so much kindness over the last seven years and was proud to be able to do what he could to show his love. I am certainly not in the best of health at the moment, but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I have people around me who would do anything for this fat old ugly man. They don’t see me as the mirror does—they see me as they have been treated by me, and this is no aberration. It’s what Christ preached and lived over and over again. It’s the story of good Samaritan, it’s the story of the end times in Matthew 25, it’s Christ forgiving those who hurt Him as He hung on the cross. If you live kindness, you will be surrounded and sustained by it. Want to change your life so that no matter what happens, you will be all right? Be kind. Love kindness. Live kindness. Nothing will so change your life. Christ will be with you every step of the way—the way which leads only to Him.