Samuel Johnson, born 308 years ago today in 1709, was an essayist, biographer, teacher, and poet, most well-known for his creation of the 1755 dictionary of the English language. He died at the age of seventy-five and was buried at Westminster Abby.
You can tell what a person is like by watching what they do and by the way they treat others. Sometimes, people treat others according to the condition or cost of their clothes, car, house, fame, and money. They treat them well because they assume they themselves will get something out of it. It could be something so small as someone holding a door open for a famous TV host, but not for a man in a dirty sweatshirt right behind him.
If we treat people according to what they can do for us, we lose that common standard of kindness. We shouldn’t regulate our kindness towards others by their abilities to benefit our own lives. We need to treat all people like they were billionaires! Be kind and loving to everyone, even those who won’t benefit us in any way, because that is what we were all made to do.
“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” – John 15:12 KJV
Ephesians 4:32: “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” KJV
These verses don’t say, “Love one another only if it benefits you.” God wants us to treat each other equally well, no matter how they appear or present themselves to us.
What are your thoughts on treatment towards others?
Would you open a door for someone who didn’t appear valuable for your own benefit?
How would you treat someone who could give you absolutely nothing in return?