So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
— I Corinthians 13:13 (ESV)
Without question, we live in tumultuous times. The news headlines today are enough to discourage anyone as we see what is happening in our society.
In the midst of all that divides us, I wanted to devote space to remember what’s more important in times like this — taking the high road. There’s enough division out there to go around. We need to unite. Let’s be reminded that what we’d like to see in others first begins in us.
I’ve chosen 20 quotes for reflection. Take them to heart and pass them along.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” — Maya Angelou
“Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return , but because of who you are.”
— Harold S. Kushner
“Your beliefs don’t make you a better person. Your behavior does.” — Toby Mac
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only love can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded.” — Scott Hamilton
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”— Mother Teresa
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, It’s not.”— Dr. Seuss
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
— Mark Twain
“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.”
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” — Dalai Lama
“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.” — Brad Meltzer
“We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future.” — John F. Kennedy
“In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.”
— Anne Frank
“I’m going to take the high road because the low road is too crowded.”
— Mia Farrow
“Make sure you see people through the eyes of love, not the eyes of judgment.”
— Joel Osteen
“Teach me to feel another’s woe, to hide the fault I see, that mercy I to others show, that mercy show to me.”
— Alexander Pope
“As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person I should try to change is me.” — John Maxwell
“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” — Charles Dickens
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up…”
— I Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV)
“What unites us is much greater than what divides us.” — Pope John XXIII