Believe in People

Photo on 2012-04-27 at 10.25 #5

(morning face. ah. excuse it)
(I'm hoping this flips so you can read the coffee mug...not backwards)

I've been thinking about kindness lately.

The initial quote that keeps running through my mind:

'Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.'

To me, this quote convicts me every time I see it, read it, or hear it.
We often act as if our problems are the only problems in the world.
Other people don't matter to us because their problems don't bother us.

As Christians...their problems should bother us. 

 'Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails. Now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.'
-I Corinthians 13

I remember hearing a sermon on this verse:

'Let us not lose heart in doing good.'
-Galations 6:9

I think about everyone this week.
Finals week.

Yes. Everyone is fighting a battle this week.
I saw this quote when I looked up quotes on kindness...and I think I want to try this:

'Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.'
-Og Mandino

I want to be kind to people.
I want to believe in people.

I truly feel if you treat someone as if you KNOW there is good in their heart...they will show that good to you. I know this from experience. If people treat me as if they believe in me...I begin to believe in myself. 
So go out there...and believe in someone today.


Dani said...

I like the quote too.

Katie-Barry said...

thank you so much. Believe in people- simple but oh so powerful. I love it.

Annaliese Gillette said...

you speak truth, and i love that. well said, friend!