Two Small Deer
People trust a person who is always kind.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
Realda loved to walk in the forest near her home. She liked to
wander on hot summer days into shady glades. One became her
best hideaway place, because it had a small stream babbling at the
bottom of a grassy hill and was surrounded by many shady trees.
Realda would throw herself down under a tree and lie on her back with
a stem of grass in her mouth. She would then dream of many
things - of distant places and thrilling adventures!
One day she found a pair of small deer grazing in her favourite glade.
She crept closer as quietly as she could and watched them as
they contentedly munched. Day by day she returned and slowly
she was able to make friends with them. Eventually they began
to trust Realda and would not leap and bound away at her approach.
Realda often brought lunch with her and soon the deers became very tame
and would take pieces of bread and lumps of sugar from her hand.
One day Realda thought she would play a trick on the deer. She
held out a lump of bread and then suddenly snatched it away just as
one deer was about to take it from her hand.
The deer scampered off with her mate at her heels. At the edge of
the glade they looked back as if to say, "That rotten girl!"
And never again would they come back, no matter how often Realda tempted
them with bread and sugar. Trust was broken and she had fooled
them once, and that was enough!
Perhaps the deer understood the meaning of kindness that 1 Corinthians
13:4-7 tells us:
"Love is patient and love is kind ... love does not delight in evil ...
love always protects ... love always trusts ..."
Kindness is one of the greatest things in the world. The Bible tells
us to be kind to one another, and to on keep trying to be nice, even if
we don't like someone. A kind person is someone that you can always
trust. And kindness comes from a heart filled with love.
Are you a kind person? I do hope you are. Remember to always be
kind because if you are unkind, then like the deer, people will no longer
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