Being kind is more important than being right


What do you think about this headline? Do you believe it to be true or not?

All of us, at some time in our lives, have heard people say, “I am right, and you are wrong.” In today’s world of high-tech industries and procedures the technique of teaching and leading others, especially employees, has changed. It has become a world of dictating what to read and learn from books and manuals instead of hands on learning from others that know what they are doing. In times past, good leaders would take the time to teach people because they knew what they were doing.

There are many times we catch ourselves treating our children and grandchildren the same way. We want them to learn on their own and it shouldn’t be this way. Now that I am older, I have found it necessary to ask my grandchildren for advice on how to use these new electronic gadgets, especially my cell phone.

Many times, as a Christian, we are dependent on other ways of communicating God’s Word other than speaking or reading it to someone. A lot of times people don’t want to hear about Jesus because we are so impatient with them. Accepting Christ is not something you push on someone or berate them for not accepting what you have said. It is a conversation between them and God and only He can convince them that He should be a part of their life.

God does expect us to plant the seed of salvation in others, but it is totally up to them to ask for Jesus to come into their heart. We can lead them and show them the way to do this. We can give them literature and/or verses in the Bible to read but it is up to them to receive it and work with it.

Many times, we push people away with our pushy attitudes and demanding their decision to be made quickly. We are acting in the same format that many people use when helping others in their vocations and expecting them to become valuable employees. Being a Christian leader is the same as being a great leader and innovator in the work world.

Having leadership skills requires having the gift of empathy. This is something many of us have lost and we don’t understand why our qualities as a presenter, or a leader has dissolved to something less that what we used to have.

I once read a column that helped me to become a better person. One of the quotes in the column was: “To be kind is more important that to be right. Many times, what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks but a special heart that listens.”

Over my years of supervising salespeople, I have always told them that listening is more important than talking. This is why God gave us two ears and one mouth. The greatest salespeople and the people in charge of motivating any kind of staff will tell you this. Listen, listen, listen.

Christian witnesses sometimes must learn this same trait. You can’t push salvation on anyone. It is not something that can be earned. It is a FREE gift from God for those that will simply ask Him for it. What we need to do is show or teach them the way.

President Theodore Roosevelt once said; “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” This is so true.


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