“I will ONLY pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” Stephen Grellet
The real test of someone’s character is how a person treats another person who can do nothing for them. When I was younger if I didn’t like someone it was not difficult to figure it out. I wore my feelings and emotions on my sleeves. As I became more mature both in Christ and in age – I discovered that the most difficult people are usually the ones who really needs the most understanding and loving. So now I go all out to show kindness to difficult people. I will be honest with you – many times it worked perfect …. a few times, well let’s just say – I was hurt but NOT bitter.
Human beings have very short memory of the good that you do. I was once at someone’s home where there was a lively discussion about a relative in question. After many negative comments were made, I asked the person if they can recall anything positive about the individual in question. I was horrified by the individual’s response – “Really? I can’t think of anything positive to say. She was always a difficult person to deal with .”
How often do we take pleasure in openly revealing other people’s ills, failures, and faults while secretly hiding our own truckloads of dysfunctions.
It’s so easy to speak loudly and clearly in great details about other people’s weaknesses and short comings, quickly forgetting our very own unpublished chapters and stories. It just takes a spark to get a wild fire of gossip started. Recently, I had someone approached me and confessed to me that a person who knew me said some awful things about me. She related to me how she became a participant in the conversation, and how embarrassed she was about the part she played. My response to her was, ‘that’s absolutely kind of you to approach me and apologize to me. I must be doing something right in order to have someone take time to discuss me.’ The fact that this lady was convicted enough to confess to me her participation in the conversation spoke volumes to me that she knew what had been discussed was false.
If we start today treating everyone we meet as if it’s the last moment in that person’s life, maybe we would put a lot more thought into what we say and do. Maybe, we will go the extra mile to be kind and understanding. The truth is, regardless of your earthly status and kingdom – our graves are the same size. Staying humble makes us equal.
Love people enough to help them unpack their hurts and negative baggage. Life is short, there’s no time for competing with each other. You will die and who’s shall all those earthly possesessions go to? We came naked and we will go back naked.
Finally, how you make others feel about themselves, says a lot about you.
The moral of today’s blog is to remember: “I will only pass through this world but ONCE. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, LET ME DO IT NOW. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I SHALL NOT PASS THIS WAY AGAIN.” Stephen Grellet