BE KIND

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015

Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. That’s a paraphrase of a quote that our friend, Kenny, shares with his youth group at Cedar Creek Bible Church, often.

It’s a quote that came to mind a couple of times during our stay in George Town, along with this quote from the author by whose teachings I strive to live my life, “…be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”

The need to be kind always exists even in a place that we experience as “paradise on Earth”.

An example:

We found out through the cruiser’s “net” that Mr. Bush’s house burned down to the ground in the middle of the night soon after Judy and I had the pleasure of dancing with him at Peace and Plenty.

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Mr. Bush, “The Ambassador”, has added a little extra fun to so many ladies’ time spent in the Bahamas, including mine and some of my guests’. Thankfully, Mr. Bush’s friends and neighbors, as well as many cruisers, were happy to help in various ways in his time of need.

 

Another example:

I had the enormous pleasure of teaching Garden Fantasy Ballet to 18 girls ages 7-11 at the primary school in George Town.  After working the details out with their principal, Mrs. Lauralynn Smith, visiting the classes to give a personal invitation,

and putting up fliers, we had classes daily right after school from Tuesday, March 12 to Friday, March 13.  Below, are a few photos of the “Graceful George Town Girls” or “Bahamas Ballerinas” as I called them. 

P1150860-Rough draft of the flier I posted around the school P1150290end-of-the-day-prayers

P1150270the “butterfly dance”P1150297-and the “inchworm dance”, a class favorite

P1150287-Jimmiana, one of the beautiful, Bahamas BallerinasP1150274-getting her end-of-class-reward

 

 

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after our end-of-the-week performance that we gave for a teacher and a tourist couple from Chicago I “grabbed”off the street

 

Here’s the example:  One of the precious little girls in the above photo lost her mother a month and a half ago after she died at the hands of her stepfather. This young girl felt compelled to tell me this as we were hugging and saying our goodbyes on the last day of class. Mrs. Adderly, one of the teachers at the school, confirmed this tragic news and told me that this is not the first time that something like this has happened in their small community.

…Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.  

“…be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”

Be kind, y’all!!

5 thoughts on “BE KIND

  1. We are sorry to about Mr. BUSH’S house burning down, but what an opportunity for his friends to reach out to him as he reached out to so many at the Rake n Scrape–blessings to him! It was fun seeing Donna’s pic w/ Mr Bush here in your post!

    CONGRATS on the upcoming birth of your 1st grandbaby!!! Love you guys!

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  2. Thanks for sharing about Mr. Bush’s house burning down. Thankful, though, for the kindness of others reaching out to him in his time of need. Hope his spirit soars through God’s provision. It was fun seeing Donna’s pic dancing with him at the rake n scrape! Thanks again for keeping the memories alive through your blog!! Hey, CONGRATS on the news of the upcoming birth of your grandbaby! Can’t wait to see pics. Love you guys and praying for safe passage.

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  3. Kindness is a universal language. Rich or poor, kindness can always be given freely. What a beautiful gift, friendship, kimdness and deep felt love of humanity to give back what one can when there is need. The joy of dance is a beautiful thing. What a sweet gift to give to those young girls. They can love their bodies and their ability to move with the grace of dance. It is a great and brave thing that a child trusts you with such a sad burden as your young friend did, Cherish it. She is better for your friendship as are you. Thank you for a look into your kindness. It was kind to share. Made my day! C

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