Another poem from the book my friend gave me:
Say it now (author unknown)
If you have a friend worth loving,
Love him. Yes, and let him know
That you love him, ere life's evening
Tinge his brow with sunset glow.
Why should good words ne'er be said
Of a friend- till he is dead?
If you hear a song that thrills you,
Sung by any child of song,
Praise it. Do not let the singer
Wait deserved praises long.
Why should one who thrills your heart
Lack the joy you may impart?
If you hear a prayer that moves you
By its humble, pleading tone,
Join it. Do not let the seeker
Bow before his God alone.
Why should not your brother share
The strength of "two or three" in prayer?
If you see the hot tears falling
From a brother's weeping eyes,
Share them. And by kindly sharing
Own our kinship in the skies.
Why should anyone be glad
When a brother's heart is sad?
If a silvery laugh goes rippling
Through the sunshine on his face,
Share it. 'Tis the wise man's saying-
For both grief and joy a place.
There's health and goodness in the mirth
In which an honest laugh has birth.
If your work is made more easy
By a friendly, helping hand,
Say so. Speak out brave and truly
Ere the darkness veil the land.
Should a brother workman dear
Falter for a word of cheer?
Scatter thus your seeds of kindness
All enriching as you go-
Leave them. Trust the Harvest Giver;
He will make each seed to grow.
So until the happy end
Your life shall never lack a friend.
There are often times when I want to thank someone, or encourage them. It seems odd that I feel uncomfortable doing so. Like I would annoy someone by speaking kindly to them. I wonder why that is. I could blame growing up watching too many tv shows that had too much negativity. I could blame having family that was much quicker with critism and put downs than they were with encouragement and kindness. I could blame bullies in school who tormented that shy, insecure person I was even then. Maybe who I should really blame is myself, for holding onto the idea that kindness is optional, and unnessesary. Whoever or whatever the reason, I need to step out of that mindset, and do as JESUS commands, and lift up my brothers and sisters. Be there to love, and encourage, and support those around me. Even when I feel awkward doing so.
Hmmm. I think this fits with the 'do good' rule again. Maybe GOD is trying to tell me something...