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Changing The World

By Don Loftis | 06.13.18

Sometime ago, I was visiting with a mother whose children were playing in a different area of the house.  As we were talking, I heard this familiar dialog: “Quit,” … “Give it back.” … “I had it first!” … “No, I did!” … “Stop!!!”  Mom, in a very firm tone, said, “Children, play nicely.”  Amazingly, the fuss was over and peace prevailed — for a while.


Kindness in our treatment of others is an essential element in building good relationships at every age.  The Bible speaks clearly: “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Eph. 4:32).  “Put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” (Col. 3:12).  “Love is patient, love is kind” (I Cor. 13:4).  Yet, having read these (and others), we persist in unkind and hurtful “childish squabbles”.


It seems that we often forget people have feelings and that other people are usually exposed to both our words and our attitude.  We fail to recognize that inconsiderate behavior is contagious.  The employee we “cut down to size,” may go home and verbally abuse their spouse, child or dog.


I am not suggesting that we abandon our passions for a particular cause or refuse to ever disagree with an umpire’s call.  However, we can be nice.  We may get frustrated with an inept clerk or rude service provider.  However, we can be nice.  Each time we replace ugly with nice, we help create an environment of peace and respect. We can change the world by improving our relationships, one person at a time.



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