Sometimes kindness comes from another person seeing something that has caged us in by offering a different view of the situation.
Years ago, a dear pastor friend Stan Thornburg was listening to me take responsibility for something he didn’t believe was my fault. He couldn’t get through to me, as I continued to carry the blame. Finally, in pure desperation I think, he said,”Suppose I threw you through that window.” I imagined that taking place and wondered what on earth that had to do with my struggle.
“Well,” he said, “I guess I could say you broke the window.” “Yes,” I agreed, still stuck in my way of seeing things.
“Wrong!” he insisted, ” I broke the window; you were just what I used to do it.”
He got through to me with a blunt example, but he gave me a great gift of freedom from unwarranted guilt.
We minister kindness to one another in many different ways. Thanks Stan.