be kind to unkind people they need it most. no need to be their reflection.

the more i work with the “needy”, in my position as family services worker, the more i see we are all needy from time-to-time. if i am unable to show this to the people i am serving, how will they ever learn that they too have something to offer others?
every human being has the need to be loved. not every person has a reason to deserve respect, but if it is in my power to even show a minute amount of love, grace, and/or respect, it is my desire that i will choose to do so.
ways in which i have been able to do this have been to buy a person a meal, provide free soup, beverages, and snacks without expecting anything in return, driving someone home, or taking them their food bank items when they are unable to pick it up, making a phone call to say that i care, praying for them, listening, keeping abreast of the various helps available to them, getting training in areas i know nothing about, having people become an adopted family member (not legally, but treating them as if they were part of my family), allowing them to make choices and not judge them if they don’t make the choice/s i would prefer them to make,… and the list goes on.
thankfully, i am able to do this as part of my job, but it is becoming more and more a part of my lifestyle.
are there ways in which you feel you might be able to make a different choice in how you treat people? like the people that budge into a lineup, or grumpy people in the grocery line, or someone waiting in a doctor’s office or emergency room who are complaining about how long everything is taking? how about to the inebriated person who is yelling out on the street out of hunger, pain, or frustration? or the child who is bullying another peer?
it’s our choices of how we react, or ignore, that can make a difference in their lives.
i challenge you to try to change how you would react to one person this week. maybe let me know how it went. i’d love to hear how it goes. i bet that the person it makes the greatest impact on will be you!
enjoy your day! and thanks for reading.

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Published by: bcsmithereens

hello, my name is dawn and i have been married for 30 years. hubby and i have two grown children (25 and 22). our family has lived in smithers, bc canada since march 17, 2001. this is the longest I have ever lived in one house. I love GOD, plants and cats and my husband (not necessarily in that order) i am an mk (missionary’s kid). i graduated in kenya… a long time ago! i love cats and kittens! (we have four) i really enjoy reading, preferring fiction and biographical. i currently am a bookkeeper for a locally owned internet provider. i previously blogged at: bcsmithereens.blogspot.ca. at the time i was going through a very rough period in my life. since that time i have undergone what i can only explain as a “Spiritual Heart Transplant”. i have begun to share my story with the public and have found that to be strengthening as well. i would love for you to follow me along on my journey, make a comment, or two… or three so i can get to know you too. hopefully i can be a blessing to you. thank you for your time. d

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5 thoughts on “be kind to unkind people they need it most. no need to be their reflection.”

  1. This reminds me of the verse in Romans 12:21, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” It is often the most unlovely among us that needs love the most. I am inspired by your lifestyle of service.

    1. thank you! yes, that verse is so very true. funny how i never really understood it all these years. and guess what… i’ve come to the conclusion that the “unlovely” aren’t really unlovely, if we try to look at them through HIS eyes.

  2. We are all created in the image of God as human beings. I think there are times that we forget that we are “people first” and that difficult or struggling behavior (and words) are the second thing we should look at. A person first, their role or behavior second. If we could do this with every person we encounter then our responses to people would be more gentle, respectful, giving, and understanding.

  3. Thank you for stopping by to read Willie’s story. I agree with kindness being the best antidote to unkindness, and try my best to practice and record it in my daily gratitude diary. Cheers 🙂

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