TODAY’S MANNA: Kindness pays PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:32

BY Berlie G. Yap


At least, there were people who were kind to you in the past and they hence partly made you what YOU ARE today! They may be your mother, your friends, your neighbor, your college professor or a trike driver who patiently waited you outside your office to drive you home on your overtime schedules. Their kindness was like a bridge that brought you to where you are now. In as far as they are concerned their goodness to you is now repaid.

Time now for you to sow your own way of kindness to others because what we plant is what we shall harvest. A holy man remarked, “One plants a wind, he harvests a storm”. Plant a kernel of goodness to somebody and you harvest goodness back to you and to your posterity.

“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.” (Charles H. Spurgeon)

People hate rudeness. If you are one, it is a guarantee—a 100% guarantee that others dislike you, including your dogs and cats. Bad people seem to emit bad carbon, like a skunk, from their bodies that where traces they go, people just simply disdain them.

On the other hand good persons are like honey that naturally attracts favors. Shops whose either salesladies or cashiers are bad, customers won’t or never come back anymore.. One piece of advice: Owners check out your personnel and encourage them to be nice. A good smile can change everything as you impress your equal when you engage. Isn’t it?

Last month, I went to Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur to officiate a wedding. Pressured and not very familiar of the place, I felt helpless to look for a typewriter for the marriage certificate of the couple. And suddenly, God must have sent an angel in human form then. I boarded a van from the hotel/resort, where I was housed, to the town proper to find the needed typewriter.

Lakewood is a small town where, I guess, everyone knows anyone. A woman sitting next to me felt my anxiety and asked if I was looking for something. Make long story short, she brought me to their house. Together with her husband they looked for me a typewriter. That woman saved my day!

The woman and her husband are farmers. I needless to know details but I believe our good God shall repay them His way. Merciful people are also given mercies by the Almighty. I resolve thus years ago, by God’s grace, that when a chance crosses my way to dispense a degree of kindness, I musn’t hesitate. Kindness pays my friend.

An unknown author said, “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” When you show kindness, I encourage, don’t do to parade but rather sincerely which sole intention is to only become a blessing to others not to draw human praises to you.

The Good Samaritan in the aged story had no name even. The Lord chose not to show his face in the parable. His description is only a generic THE GOOD Samaritan. He was faceless and nameless but his story transcends cultures, nationality and continents. His story is always equaled the acts of kindness and true humanity.

Here is the real score: In all of us there lies within a good character of GOODNESS that must be released. Every human being, though not perfect, is born inherently good. However, that goodness must be expressed because other forces do also try or squeeze us to be something else.

On Sundays pls tune-in to e105.9 in the FM band at 8-10:30 AM and at 12nn-3 PM. It is the eMedia’s offer to Zamboanga and the world inspirational songs and interesting sharing on Sundays. The program can simultaneously be heard in channel 37 locally, channel 54 in Sky Cable, channel 98 in Mindanao Cable, and online through the link I hope to have you weekly, God bless you.