Text: Mark 5:21-43
There’s a quote, sometimes attributed to Plato and other times attributed to Philo of Alexandria, which goes like this: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” Sometimes I wonder, when sayings like this are assigned to multiple big names of history, if it’s more likely it was first spoken between two farmers out in some remote field, who repeated it to their neighbors and on down the road it went – people thinking it so profound that it must have been said by the greatest philosopher of the Western world.
A bit of web research indicated that the oldest known appearance of these words in print was in the 1897 Christmas edition of The British Weekly.
No matter its origin, it’s a line I came across a number of years back and have taken to heart as a pastor and as a human being. Mostly because the second part has proven itself to be true over and over again. As far as I can tell, even people who most appear to have their stuff together are, in some aspect life, fighting a great battle. Whether the first part, Be kind,...