Thursday, February 04, 2016
Oh, The Responsibility!
So while spending a couple weeks on the red couch recuperating from Horrible Nightmare Flu, this thought has haunted me:
I think Common Courtesy is dying.
I, personally, like to blame the Internet. (And ok--this, also.) I mean, via our computers we're in contact with tons of people! Folks we first met in-person as a child or when just married or as a young parent. And relatives, ones always known and those discovered through searches. Add to that the people we see Sundays at church, but also chat with at Facebook during the week, along with our other social media and email pals. And the bloggers, teachers and encouragers online who we've met.
And what I've noticed? In our busyness, sometimes we forget these crowds of people are real. Flesh-and-blood-with-feelings like we, ourselves, are. They count and it matters to God that--and how-- we interact with them.
Sometimes they have bad days. Become discouraged. Sick. Lonely, forgotten. They have money woes. Worry about their kids.
Their pets die. So do their dearly-loved friends and relatives.
Or they pour themselves into what God's called them to do. They work hard for something, and feel tempted, at times, to quit. They wonder about what really matters in Life.
Probably we each know hundreds of such folks. But what worries me? We forget that God asks us to love those He gives us. And common courtesy is just a first tiny step toward showing love:
"What you did, meant much to me. Changed me. Thank-you."
"I'm so sorry you lost someone you loved."
"I'll pray for you and your family."
"How can I help? What do you need? Can I bring you something?"
"Happy birthday to a special friend!" "Happy anniversary to you both!"
"Are you feeling better today? I've been thinking about you."
"Do you need someone to listen?"
"You did a great job with ________. Congratulations!"
"Don't give up! Your persistence blesses me."
Oh, we might think these things, but common courtesy speaks them aloud. Or else it doesn't count.
I think the saying, "Actions speak louder than words," has too often shut us down.
Our words do matter. Speaking words is an action of caring. But if we're not even taking the basic common courtesy step? Not starting there, then moving forward toward God-inspired love? Heaven help us. We're still babies.
"...but the tongue of the wise brings healing." ...Proverbs 12:18
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits." ...Proverbs 18:21
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."...John 15:12
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"Be ye kind one to another."