It was a brief little note,
Or a word that was prayerfully spoken,
Yet not in vain, for it soothed the pain,
Of a heart that was nearly broken.
I was in my senior year in high school, I think, when I first heard this – “kindness is loving someone more than they deserve.” It was our head teacher who said that, a woman who was married to the man who was the head teacher for so many years in the past. It also happened that he (the husband) was one of the most well-loved professors in the school. She, on the other hand, was a little more serious, a little more reserved, a little bit stricter, and a little less liked.
She taught fourth-year physics, at which I was horrible. Why? I don’t know. It just never clicked for me the way geometry and chemistry did. Needless to say, I was not a fan. But when I heard her say that during one of the last senior assemblies before graduation, I nearly burst our crying.
It’s been 14 years And I’ve never forgotten.
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I would love to be able to say that I religiously read Our Daily Bread, but I can’t. For so many reasons. But I do try to glance at my copy every once in a while and today’s entry spoke to me so much that I just had to share it.
To “walk in love’ means that we continually do the little acts of kindness that can make life bearable and better for another person.
One practical way to express one’s love costs only the price of a postage stamp – plus paper, ink, and a little thought.
All of us have del the nudge to write a letter – an unexpected note that could brighten another person’s day. Perhaps it is a note of appreciation, an expression of concern, or compliment for a task well done. Too often the letter goes unwritten and the impulse in unexpressed. We convince ourselves that we don’t have time, or that our letter won’t matter.
A young minister cherished a note he received rom a busy architect in his congregation. The letter said simply, “Your sermon met me where I was on Sunday – at the crossroads of confusion and hurt. Thanks for preaching it!” Those words met the pastor where he lived – at the intersection of discouragement and pain – and encouraged him to keep on in the ministry. The note took less than 5 minutes to write.
Can you think of someone who needs encouragement, thanks, or a reminder that you are praying for him or her? “Walk in love” to the mailbox today.
– Haddon Robinson
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So if you’re reading these words – regardless if you have my blog bookmarked or you just happened to click on something that led you here, I want to say thank you. And for those who have stood by me through days of depression, weeks of insecurity, months of sorrow, years of doubt, and a lifetime of joy… Thank you for being very, very kind to me.