Kindness is not necessarily nice, but striving to be kind is much more virtuous that merely being nice. Truth can be kind, but truth is often not nice.
Is it harder to walk on the flat, sandy beach than to climb up the hill after falling down? When we have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and climb back up a hill, we can clearly see the challenge before us. Yet, when we must stay true to our course along the sandy beach, we may not recognize the effort and challenge the shifting sand presents us. Life tends to give us hills to climb and beaches to cross. Keeping true to the course requires us to recognize the dedicated effort needed to accomplish both.
There will be times when we will plant the seed.
There will be times when we will harvest.
However most of our time will be spent providing nourishment and care for the garden.
As we seek a greater understanding, even a perfect knowledge, there is no need to forsake the faith of a child.
These are but one and the same rather than being something different. The child believes whereas the adult seeks to prove. If it is of God, whether given or inspired by God, the belief and the proof are the same.
Ministering to the needs of others requires an open mind, a loving heart, and unfettered time.
Unlike in the structured world of employment, ministering in not as much about solving problems as it is about providing what is needed.
Identifying a problem is easy; identifying a need is much more complicated. Sometimes the need may be as simple as having someone take the time to listen.
Problems are so much easier to solve after the needs are addressed – after the time, love, and companionship is freely given.
I keep asking myself about the difference between Facebook and the old fashioned social world were I was always advised to choose my friends wisely. Guilt by association is a real thing in some societal circles.
Do we follow the same rules in a social media world? Do we remain Facebook friends with those we would never want to socialize with in person?
If we ignore behavior on Facebook, or things we find unsavory, are we enabling or validating the people with whom we associate any more or less than we do in the workplace, the school, the store, the neighborhood?
Unfollow, restrict, unfriend, block: the value of remaining FB friends versus the value of separation.
It is something to ponder.
It is always better to focus on what we can change, even as we protest what we cannot.