Part of my English assignment this week was to read poetry & analyze it. I came across this poem that has a few pointers: forgive others, work hard, be happy, be honest, do good & recognize who’s really in control by not getting hung up on what others think. Because it’s not about them Anyway.
“People are often unreasonable,
Illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind,
People may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful,
You will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank,
People may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building,
Someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness,
They may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today,
People will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have,
And it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis,
It is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.”
“People are often unreasonable, …forgive them anyway.” Matthew 18:21-22 says that when Peter asked Christ how often we should forgive, Jesus said, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” Meaning, keep forgiving. Even if you think that person is beyond forgiving.
“If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, alterior motives. Be kind anyway.” This is something I could relate to personally. It often seems like if a person is too kind, they’ll be taken as a weakling. But just as I’ll continue to forgive, I’ll continue to be kind. Proverbs 19:22 says, “What is desirable in a person is kindness, and it is better to be poor than a liar.”
“If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.” Oh so true. Because as we see in Proverbs yet AGAIN, some people only want you for what you have. “Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man’s friends desert him.” (Prov. 19:4) and “Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is a friend to the man who gives gifts.” (Prov. 19:6) But should that stop me from acheiving greatness? Why, not at all! It just means I must be wary of who I accept as a friend.
The poem goes on to say that “If you find serenity & happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway.” I can’t let someone’s jealousy get in the way of me being happy. But I can go one step farther by sharing the key to happiness with them. By introducing them to Christ who is the Ultimate source of happiness.
To the KING!!