Kindness and Respect

We spend a lot of time worrying about what people think; I know I’m prone to. We wonder whether we’re too loud or too quiet, whether maybe this person would like you better if you had lively chats or this person would enjoy a quieter, wholesome conversation. Many times we wonder with no possible way of knowing the answers. We know it doesn’t matter, right? But that doesn’t stop us. It’s painful to feel as though we’re trapped in ourselves because that’s not how it was meant to be. God would not make us to dislike ourselves, but then comes a time when we decide that the personalities around us are better that our own personalities and we actually learn to dislike ourselves. Isn’t it, then, such a beautiful relief to learn to like and accept ourselves?

I have written letters to many people in my lifetime, and am currently writing to one of the loveliest ladies I have ever met; she is filled with such practical wisdom. In one letter she wrote, “Approach everyone with kindness and respect…”. This may sound very obvious to us but, really, it’s not. So often we fret about all the little things about people and everyday life when, in essence, all we can truly do is give everyone kindness and respect.  Beyond that, my friend, the rest is not as important. The best you can do is achieved by first, simply being good to others.

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  1. Amy says:

    Sarah, you have a way of cutting through the bone to the marrow of the matter, and I just love it that you share this gift with us in your writing. You’ll undoubtedly notice that the older you get, the less you are concerned about what others think of you. You care about what God thinks of you more and more and that fills your heart and soul so thoroughly that what others may think of you doesn’t even occur to you much any longer. And that, my girl, gives peace!

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  2. Sarah says:

    I have to agree with you on getting older. I’ve thought of that quite a bit; I think introverts gather information on different subjects for a long time then they begin to, obviously, have more to say about things that people are talking about because they really have thought of it. So, it seems to follow that the older you get the more information you have of the world. That’s why people who do this often have a more rounded thing to say when they do say something. That definitely does give peace! Thanks for the encouragement.

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