“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
This quote, often misattributed to Plato, perhaps originally spoken by Scottish minister, Rev. John Watson, and found in many forms out there on the internet, is one of my favorites in ministry – and in life. Whoever who said it, it is so true. Is it not?
We know not the burdens our neighbor or the stranger in the check-out line carry, just as they know not what we bear. It helps to remember that each and all of us are, at one time or another, and more often than not, fighting some sort of great battle. We would do well to be kind, as we pray that others will be kind to us.
Here in the Northeast, we are desperately awaiting Spring, and we could all use some extra kindness. This week, as our clocks spring forward, may our spirits do the same.
I wish you whispers of Spring and small kindnesses.