Be Kind, for Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Hard Battle.

Over the last couple of weeks, I feel as though the ebbs and flows of the social media world have rocked me a little harder than they usually do. Maybe it’s because I’m a mom now and I feel things a lot more than I used to, or maybe it’s the fact that the lows have been a little closer to home. People I love have lost people they love in freak accidents, unborn babies were called home sooner than expected, and others have parents or loved ones in the hospital fighting to be healthy again- my husband and myself being one of them. Thank God my father in law got to come home, but not everyone gets to say that.

Every time that we choose to go on any kind of social media, we can easily and quickly be sent onto emotional roller coasters as we read the highs and lows that our virtual friends are posting. Some posts bring joy, some bring irritation, some bring laughter, and some can even bring sorrow.

While posts of pain, heartbreak, and setbacks are never ones that we want to see, there is one thing that I deeply appreciate about them, and that is the vulnerability that it takes to share. It takes courage to pour our hearts out to hundreds of people, inviting them into the painful, scary places in our lives, requesting that they pray with and for us. It takes courage to give what’s precious to us, to people we may never see, in hopes that they would rally around us and lift us up. And I love that – I love that we get to virtually come together, pray together, and hold each other up in a matter of seconds.

This Plato quote is one that I think about often – Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. How important it is to always remember that we don’t know what we don’t know. We do not know the storms that God has asked others to walk through. Because often time’s people choose not to publically share their pain. People are fighting hard battles everywhere we look – that young girl who cut you off, maybe she’s a single mom who has no idea how she’s going to pay for food this week, who’s thoughts are so loud, she didn’t even see you. Or the lady who didn’t say thank you, or the man who was short with you, or the teenager who didn’t smile… Maybe they are all fighting and maybe they are fighting it all alone?

Let’s have more heart for those strangers and even more heart for the people in our own homes. I know sometimes the people we love the most get the worst of us. Why is that? Why do we feel like it’s ok to be so harsh with the people we would be lost without? I hate when I treat my husband or best friend a way that I would never treat a stranger. Our loved ones deserve the same amount of grace and kindness that we are willing to extend to those we don’t even know… maybe even more.

Needtobreathe has a song called More Heart, Less Attack and it begins with these words:

Be the light in the crack

Be the one that’s been there on a camel’s back

Slow to anger quick to laugh

Be more heart and less attack

Be the wheels not the track

Be the wanderer that’s coming back

Leave the past right where it’s at

Be more heart and less attack

The more you take the less you have

Cuz it’s you in the mirror staring back

Quick to let go slow to react

Be more heart and less attack

Ever growing steadfast

And if need be the one that’s in the gap

Be the never turning back

Twice the heart any man could have

Sometimes it is so much easier said than done though, right? Even just this week I cussed at a lady who was riding my butt while I was driving. I didn’t stop and think once why she was in a hurry, I just called her an F-stick and wrote her off as a jerk. And maybe she just was a jerk, but usually, jerks are jerks for reasons. Reasons we might know nothing about.

But I want to strive to be that person in the song – the light, the laughter, the kindness, with twice the heart and less of the attack. Giving the grace I’ve been given so many times before.

So let us remember that EVERYONE you meet is fighting a battle we know nothing about. Be Kind. Always. Be somebody that makes everybody feel like a somebody, even the mean people, they probably need it most. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

Happy Tuesday, ya’ll!

Ciara

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