We are so quick to make hasty judgments. When someone does not smile back at us, we often think the individual has something against us. We assume because someone laughs all the time indicates that he or she is always happy. What is beneath the surface? You and I must take the time to look.
I remember a time when I was pastoring my first church, and some assumed that I should have it all together when everything was falling apart. I was blessed with some people in my life who were a blessing to me, but what if I had not?
We must look through the lens of compassion. What about your coworkers? Your teachers? Your pastor? Your parents? Your best friend? What is going on beneath the surface that you might be missing? We must take the time to look and be the encourager they need. Don’t wait until a funeral to send flowers. Pay tribute to people while they are alive, even if you don’t feel they deserve it. You just might regret it. If you take the time, you just might save their life.