Human beings are generally judgemental. It takes a man or woman of wisdom and maturity to refrain from making quick assertions before duly studying a situation or an individual. In life, we tend to be more lenient with ourselves than with other people. We’ll rather make excuses for our misdeeds than let other people’s shortcomings go unnoticed. The Good Book says ‘first remove the beam in your eye, before you can see clearly to remove the mote out of your brother’s eye’. This implies that in actual fact, we have more, a lot more ‘misdeeds’ which we try to cover up than the few we are quick to observe in other people.
We need to be less critical in our assertions and always remember that each human being is an extension of God and so deserves honour, dignity and respect, by so doing, we are able to add value to them rather than debase them. Each person you meet is fighting one battle or the other. So, rather than compound it, let’s rather make it easier by loving each person that comes our way. It could just be a smile, a word of encouragement or commendation, a pat on the back, a word of prayer, a warm hug or an expression of gratitude. Any of these could go a long way to make someone’s ‘gloomy’ day a lot brighter. It could ease someone’s burden and replace pain with gain. It could turn a foe into a friend and a bitter person into an amiable person.
We are all born with a heart made for loving, a soul built for kindness, and a mind designed for goodness. We are all called to share this inheritance too with everyone everywhere. God loves us all. We are all His Children. We are heirs to Heaven and we are here to bring Heaven to Earth wherever we find ourselves. May we all do so and by so doing, make the world a better place and create a chain of love that posterity can also benefit from and continue.
I’ll cap this piece with a soul-stirring story of a young man who was born blind but miraculously regained his sight.
A 24 year old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted…
“Dad, look the trees are going behind!”
Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24-year-old’s childish behaviour with pity,
suddenly he again exclaimed…
“Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”
The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man…
“Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?”
The old man smiled and said…
“I did and we are just coming from the hospital, my son was blind from birth, he just got his eyes today.
Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them. The truth might surprise you. Be kind with words and actions, because if you don’t you might not have the privilege to undo the consequence of your action.
Remember the golden rule: do to others what you want them to do to you.