Thursday, December 8, 2011

Be Kind Anyway

This is from Kent Keith’s Have Faith Anyway: The Vision of Habakkuk for Our Times (see here):

“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self centered. Forgive them anyway.

“If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

“If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

“If you are honest and sincere, people my deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

“What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

“If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

“The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

“Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give you best anyway.

“In final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

I really needed to read this today. I have my share of anger against people, and I often wonder why I should be nice, when people think that I’m only doing so to ingratiate myself for selfish reasons, or when I feel that anything nice I do will be forgotten. But, as Kent Keith says, I should be nice anyway!


  1. I think Mother Theresa quoted it also, and found it helpful when she was stressed out. I know I do (and my kids' nickname for me was Velociraptor Mama so kind and gentle are qualities I obviously need to work on...)

  2. I had to look up Velociraptor! So your kids like dinosaurs?

  3. They used to love them when they wre little. I used to shock the other mothers in the playground by pretending to be a TYrannosaurus or a Velociraptor, making fierce sounds. THey would hide, squealing, while I would hunt them. The other mothers disapproved of such frightening activities...They also used to have an elaborate game of Dinosaur Town with their plastic dinosaur models that was somewhat like playing with Barbies (they would arrange them in somewhat improbably domestic arrangements, schools, etc.) tho their little brother would inject some reason by crashing in with destructive Tyrannosaurus trying to eat everybody up.


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