We Must Be Kind

As I said yesterday,

I have had concern for the past couple of years about the way we treat each other. It seems to me that it is easier today to see people being unkind to one another than to find those who spread kindness. I want to live in a kinder world. I want my grands to see kindness in others and grow into people who are loving, compassionate, and kind.

I am declaring myself a kindness advocate. Gandhi is often mistakenly credited with saying, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” (according to Quote Investigator instead it was a 1974 book by Arleen Lorrance). I want to be the change toward a higher level kindness in our world. If we do not find a way to look past our differences and start trying to live in kindness, compassion, and empathy, I shudder to think what will become of us. We need to stop treating Americans (and Christians) as adversaries just because they don’t agree with us. All of us need to be bigger than that, because all of this, is something bigger than us.

I want to see kindness in the world. Therefore, I want to be kindness and I want to advocate for kindness. I may not always be successful. I may not always be as kind as I want. But, I can still strive for it. I can still work to be kind and to encourage others to join me. Will you be an advocate for kindness? Please feel free to respond here on the blog or wherever you see it as a blog post.

This piece is currently poetry but I do hope to put it to its own tune soon,

We Must Be Kind

My dear friend if I were to nicely ask
Could I convince you to please wear a mask?
Me, wear a mask, then I would not be free
Would a friend ask me to lose liberty.

It’s Un-American to ask me that
It’s my way, it’s my rights, don’t be a rat
You could care for someone other than you
I guess I must give the devil his due

What’s happened in this land we’ve always shared,
In past days we’d disagree, but we still cared.
These days of strife have caused us to go blind.
We’ve let ourselves forget how to be kind.

Your politics have been red for too long,
Stop thinking blue, because that’s just wrong.
We won’t agree, won’t cross that line of sand,
Well we do agree let’s break up this band.

Your to liberal, your too adversative,
You’ve left me no choice, you conservative.
The likes of you made this a land of blight,
Don’t blame me, it’s you who will start the fight.

What’s happened in this land we’ve always shared,
In past days we’d disagree, but we still cared.
These days of strife have caused us to go blind.
We’ve let ourselves forget how to be kind.

The path we walk leads down a troubled road.
The silent center can see the crossroad.
To save us from those who lack compassion,
Help make kindness be our greatest action.

What’s happened in this land we’ve always shared,
In past days we’d disagree, but we still cared.
These days of strife have caused us to go blind.
We’ve let ourselves forget we must be kind.

Lord, in days like these, keep us from hard times,
Teach us how it’s important to be kind.

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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