Isaiah 40:11 - He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
You open the door, as a bell jingles above it. Sliding into the shop you stop. You must be careful for small, glass blown objects rest on glass shelves with black velvet underneath each figurine. You’re amazed at the craftsmanship. It took great patience and a gentle hand to blow the glass into the shape they wanted it to be.
And as you gaze upon the figurines, you realize you’re the glass object resting on the shelf.
Sometimes those who suffer with emotional pain feel like they should have a sign hanging around their neck saying, “Handle with Care.”
But our world has grown less and less careful. No one cares if they hurt someone with their words and actions. They want to be in charge. They push through the crowd of people around them so they can be first. And somewhere along the way they’ve pushed themselves right into the heart of someone else only to leave a wake of pain and misery behind them.
Treating one another with gentleness is a gift to the one receiving it. Why is it so hard for someone in pain to accept the gift? They crave for others to try to understand them. Someone to really care about what’s happening in their life, but most of the time, we’re shoved aside and labeled with Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks, PTSD or Major Depressive Disorder.
Do you ever wonder if our world were a gentler place there would be fewer people who are hurting? I think so.
But take a look at our current times. There is so much hatred. So many ways people are being labeled and divided. It’s difficult to be gentle and kind, but worth the extra effort.
Here are some ideas on how to be a gentler person from wikihow.com in their article, "How to be a Gentle Person," such as don't touch people who don't like to be touched and don't confuse gentleness with weakness.
We all could try a little harder to create a gentler world. Jesus wanted a gentler world and he led the way as he healed and cared for those he touched. He knew what it was like to be a shepherd; gently leading and holding closely those who needed his love. He’s ready to hold you.
Listen to the music video by Tim McGraw entitled, “Humble and Kind.” It might just inspire you to be humble and kind.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.