T42D: Kindness

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This week Rodders encourages us to help out.

Ed.

Every day each of us have the opportunity of being and showing kindness to our fellow man.

Truly great people understand the power of kindness.

Once while Abraham Lincoln was dining in the White House, one of his guests blew on his coffee, poured it into his saucer, and drank it. As you might imagine, some of the refined ladies and gentlemen seated nearby were aghast, and for a moment the room was filled with an embarrassed silence. Then Lincoln took his coffee, poured it into his saucer and the rest of the evening drank directly from it. And do you know what? Everyone else in the room followed suit! One small act of kindness saved a White House guest unbelievable embarrassment.

Mark Twain wrote, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”.

A boy was selling goods from one door to another to pay for his studies. One day he found that he had only one dime left, and he was hungry. While approaching the next house, he decided to ask for a meal. But when a young woman opened the door, he only dared to ask for a glass of water. She looked at him and understood that probably the boy was hungry. So she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it and then asked how much he owed her. The woman replied: “You don‘t own me anything. Mother taught us never to accept pay for a kindness”. “Then I thank you from the bottom of my heart”, he said and felt that he was now stronger not only physically, but his faith in God had grown as well. The boy‘s name was Howard Kelly.

Many years passed. One day that woman became seriously ill. Local doctors could not help her, so they sent her to a big city, where her rare disease would be studied by specialists. Dr Howard Kelly MD [February 20, 1858 — January 12, 1943], an American gynaecologist, was called in for the consultation. When he entered her room in the hospital, he immediately recognized the woman that showed kindness to him when he was poor.

The doctor was determined to do his best to help her recover from her disease. The struggle was long, but together they managed to overcome her illness. After some time the woman received a bill for her treatment. She was worried that the amount to pay would be so significant, that it would take the rest of her life to pay for it. Finally, when the woman looked at the bill, she noticed the words written on the side of the bill. “Paid in full with a glass of milk”.

Princess Diana said, “The kindness and affection from the public have carried me through some of the most difficult periods, and always your love and affection have eased the journey”.

Chances are you have never heard of Stephen Grellet, a French-born Quaker who died in 1865. He would still be unknown to the world at large, except for a few immortal lines that will be likely remembered forever [although it has often become attributed to the more famous Quaker William Penn, as well as others including Mahatma Gandhi and Ralph Waldo Emerson]:

I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I show to any human being, let me do it now’. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again’.

Waiting to board a plane, on which he had a reservation, Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jnr., overheard the piteous plea of a private at the ticket window: “I’m going overseas in three days. I want to see my Ma before I go. I can go home and back only if I travel by plane!” It was explained to him that every seat on the plane was taken. Just then, Brigadier General Roosevelt stepped forward and said, “I’ll surrender my seat to him!” “But,” protested a fellow officer to the general, “this is a matter of rank!” “That’s right“, quickly replied Brigadier General Roosevelt, “he’s a son, I’M ONLY A GENERAL!”

God has conferred the highest honour upon us when he called us SONS!

William Wordsworth wrote: ‘The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love’.

This is ably demonstrated in the following illustration:

One night in February 1965, an African-American woman stood beside an Alabama highway in a terrible rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride, so she flagged down a car. When she did, something happened that was virtually unheard of in those racially charged years. A young white man stopped, drove her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her in a taxicab.

Though the woman was in a hurry, when she thanked him she wrote down his address. To the man’s surprise, a week later a colour television was delivered to his home with a note that read, ‘Thank you for helping me on the highway the other night. The rain had drenched not only my clothes but my spirits. Because you came along I made it to my dying husband’s bedside before he passed away. God bless you for unselfishingly serving others’. Signed: Mrs Nat King Cole.

I came across this little poem:

“In this world of hurry, and work and sudden end,

If a thought comes quick of doing kindness to a friend,

Do it that very minute; don’t put it off, don’t wait;

What’s the use of doing a kindness if you do it a day too late”

So the Thought for Today is summed up in Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, where he writes:

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you’. [Ephesians 4v32]

Rodders

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