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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Be Kind to One Another

By Patrick Hogan

     On an internet message board I frequent, one of the members includes the following comment in his signature: "Be kinder than necessary, because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle." Every time I read this statement it makes me think about how true it is. Some people hide their struggles more effectively than others, so it is sometimes very easy to forget that everyone we meet is fighting his or her own battle.
     To one who is struggling, a kind word or a kind deed can make a tremendous difference. Many of us have been there. We have fac
ed discouraging situations and didn't quite know what to do. At just the right moment someone either sent us a note of encouragement or performed some other kind gesture that lifted our spirits and enabled us to continue with renewed determination. Jesus' admonition, "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them" (Matthew 7:12) can find real application in our daily lives. It can make a real difference in the lives of others when we put it into practice.
     Something else that comes to mind when I think about the statement "Be kinder than necessary ..." is the fact that I shouldn't limit myself to looking for people who are struggling in order to show kindness. I should make it my goal to be kind to everyone I meet. After all, they are struggling with some battle and my kindness toward them can make a difference
s we go about our daily lives, coping with our own battles, let's remember that others may be facing difficulties that we cannot really comprehend. they may never tell anyone and they may never show any indication that they are struggling. However, if we are kinder than necessary, we can affect their lives in a positive way.

- Patrick Hogan serves as a minister and elder of the Shady Acres church of Christ, in Sikeston, MO.  He may be contacted through the church's website at 

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