Be Kind

A post from my sister, Jonell  —

I am the front desk receptionist at an eye doctor’s office, so I see every patient that comes through the front door. Every day I see many different personalities and moods: funny – somber – sad – mad – grumpy – pleasant – humorous – teasing – loud – obnoxious – and more. One girl in our office can take the grumpy patients, and by the time they have completed their frame selection, they are laughing together. What a gift she has to brighten their day.

No matter the patient that comes through the office door, I have learned the need for kindness.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle of some kind.”

This quote has helped me to be kind, because I don’t know what kind of day they are having. Maybe they have just found out they have cancer; have buried their father; lost a child; having financial problems; having marital problems; etc. Maybe their attitude is a result of what battles they are currently fighting at the present time. If I am kind, maybe I can be a bright spot in their day.

Look at these verses on kindness:

Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another. Romans 12:9-10

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

Remember this old song? Maybe you’ll be humming it this afternoon! 😀


Brighten the Corner Where You Are

Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,
Do not wait to shed your light afar,
To the many duties ever near you now be true,
Brighten the corner where you are.

Brighten the corner where you are!
Brighten the corner where you are!
Someone far from harbor you may guide across the bar;
Brighten the corner where you are!

Just above are clouded skies that you may help to clear,
Let not narrow self your way debar;
Though into one heart alone may fall your song of cheer,
Brighten the corner where you are.



Here for all your talent you may surely find a need,
Here reflect the bright and Morning Star;
Even from your humble hand the Bread of Life may feed,
Brighten the corner where you are.


3 Replies to “Be Kind”

  1. Phil

    You do this very well, Jonell!

    Part of it comes naturally to you, I think, but much of it you’ve learned and developed over time.

    Thanks for the rays of sunshine you bring with you when you walk into a room!


    (I can say those kinds of things … I’ve known her all her life!) 😀

  2. Rindy

    Great reminder! Last week on vacation waiting for the hotel elevator I felt a push to just say hi and make small talk with a lady also waiting. Everyone else did the “elevator thing” and looked down or around but I just had to say something to her. As crazy as it was, I did and I have no idea if it meant anything at all, but I know it sure made me feel good knowing it was what I was “supposed to do”. It’s the little things that make big differences sometimes—being kind is one of those!! thanks!

  3. Jonell

    Thanks Phil and Rindy for your comments!

    Last night I went to find the music to “Brighten the Corner” so that I could sit down and play through it. Every hymnal that I looked through … I didn’t find it. I still have to look in my “music trunk” but if you find it in a hymnal … please let me know which hymnal that you find it, so I can look for it too! 🙂


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