by Dr. Kenneth Kuykendall
A few days ago I brushed up against the leg of Brady, my ten-year old son. Without hesitation he went berserk. Dramatically he started moaning, groaning and complaining about how much I hurt him.
After I realized Brady had previously fallen, I proceeded to get out the peroxide, wash his leg, and bandage it up. Once I recognized his pain, I was better suited to bring him comfort.
Oftentimes we become aggravated with people’s responses in life- we wonder why some are critical, mean-spirited, and even hateful. But the truth is we rarely know what has brought someone to that point. We judge their “hurt” without knowing their history. We criticize their pain without knowing their past. There are people you come into contact with every day that are hurting in some area of their life; and it doesn’t take much for them to overreact. But if the truth were known, they are just looking for someone to help them find some relief. Someone you meet today stands in need of encouragement. Fight their contention with compassion realizing that more than likely they are still in pain from yesterday’s fall.
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