Where is Kindness?
It was a Sunday afternoon, and I was procrastinating (as usual) when I heard the sound of a new Facebook chat from one of my classmates. It said this: “Do you like men?” I responded “no,” asking him why he wanted to know. He replied: “The last thing our school needs is more fags. I suggest you leave.”
I stared at my screen and couldn’t understand why someone would ever say that to anyone. Also, I couldn’t imagine why someone would not be kind to another human being. Tears welled up in my eyes as I quickly closed the tab. I didn’t know what to do.
I texted my best friend, knowing she would have something kind to say that would make me feel better. She replied with two things: 1). She quoted 1 Corinthians 10:13, where it reads, “God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” 2). She said, “I’m here for you. You’re normal to me.”
This isn’t the only time this has happened to me. Other times I have just brushed it off, but this time I really felt that God wanted me to do something. That night I did something that I never thought I would do. I prayed for the guy who said those words to me. I don’t know what exactly he had going on, but I knew there was a reason why he treated people that way.
God changed my perspective that night. I’ve learned to seek the good in people. I’ve learned that you cannot judge and expect not to be judged, and I’ve learned to love.
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