Quote of the Week // 48th Week

Quote of the Week - 48th Week Simply Megan Joy Blog

It’s another quote by Mark Twain!

Do you speak more than one language? If you are reading this, it’s likely you speak English, but are you fluent in any other language? How long has it taken you to learn how to speak that language well? Can you converse with others in that language?
The reason I ask all these questions is to introduce an idea that “kindness” is just another form of language.

“Kindness: the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.”
This language is easy to learn, and everyone can speak it if they try. All it takes is some practice and then some determination to speak it in your everyday life. Speak kindness to that older lady at the grocery store who is hard of hearing, or that man who skipped ahead in the checkout line. Speak kindness to that friend who can’t seem to say anything nice or who talks behind your back.

Everyone is given the ability to speak the universal language of kindness and is offered an opportunity to speak it to others every single day. Even those who do not speak our language can understand us if we speak the language of kindness. Do we choose to speak this language to everyone? Do we make exceptions for those who are rude to us? Are we forgetting to speak this language to those who need it most? By this I mean, those who don’t expect kindness and generosity.

Because kindness is a universal language, everyone can understand it, from babies to great-grandparents. The deaf can hear it and the blind can see it; there are no exceptions to who can receive our kindness, and there are no exceptions of to whom we can give it, regardless of the person’s attitude or opinions.

Ephesians 4:32: “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

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Do you speak more than one language?
Would you consider “kindness” a universal language?

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Megan Joy

P.S. Speaking of this quote, I encourage you to check out “My Blurred World,” a blog written by a legally-blind teenage girl, Elin. She tells her story and helps her readers to better understand what life is like for those without sight. Go read her latest post, “10 FAQs About Sight Loss.”

Quote of the Week // 38th Week

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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.  

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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?

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Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 35th Week

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Fred McFeely Rogers, more commonly known as Mister Rogers, was an American television host of the 33 year-long running children’s show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” which aired for 895 episodes. He taught his viewers so many important things about life, the world, and how to live in it. His kindness towards people, especially children, made an impression in millions of lives, making his viewers feel special and loved. He explained to children things like divorce, bullying, disabilities, and death in a way that would help them cope with these things with a positive viewpoint. I consider Mister Rogers the most impactful person in the history of television. I grew up watching his show, and still today I enjoy watching it when I can!

The idea that we all can be loved just the way we are wasn’t exactly new when Mister Rogers first introduced it in his show. Since Rogers was also a Christian and a minister, he took that idea from the Bible and incorporated it into his show’s content.

Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” KJV

It means that God loves us even though we have sinned and He will continue to love us no matter what. We don’t have to live in a certain place, look a certain way, or do certain things like do good deeds and give money away for God to love us. He loves us just the way we are.

This doesn’t mean that we should do whatever we want and think it’s okay because He will still love us, and it also doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t strive to be better. It does mean that we don’t have to meet the world’s (or any church’s) standards in order to receive God’s love. We are loved just the way we are, and no can make us think otherwise.

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Have you ever watched “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood?”

What do you think about God’s love for us?

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Megan Joy