Several years ago, my friend’s husband died unexpectedly. I vividly remember one post she made during her grieving process. It was about how you may never know the depths of what someone you encounter may be going through. A few weeks ago another friend lost her child. I couldn’t help thinking about how if I didn’t know her and I passed by her in a store I would have no idea what she had just walked through. Wouldn’t it be horrible if I were not kind to someone who was already going through so much?
I have often had days where health issues were really affecting me. No one would know what I was fighting through to just be “normal.” On those days I think, “Man, I hope people don’t judge me on this one moment. I may be giving all I have to survive and yet the people around me can’t see that.” In those moments what I need most is kindness and compassion.
It is so easy to judge the grumpy cashier, the frazzled mom, and the extra loud stranger without knowing any of their heartache.
I keep feeling a need this Christmas to be intentional with compassion -to not assume the worst about people. Be extra patient, see people through eyes of love, and to be kind in a way that brings joy to people no matter what they are facing.