People called him eccentric, queer, and cranky; but the old man went steadily on refilling his can of oil when it became empty, and oiled the hard places he found.
There are many lives that creak and grate harshly as they live day by day. Nothing goes right with them. They need lubricating with the oil of gladness, gentleness, or thoughtfulness. Have you your own can of oil with you? Be ready with your oil of helpfulness in the early morning to the one nearest you. It may lubricate the whole day for him.
The oil, of good cheer to the downhearted one, oh how much it may mean! The word of courage to the despairing ; speak it.
A word spoken pleasantly is a large spot of sunshine on a sad heart. Therefore, “Let us be kind and give others the sunshine.”
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love.
- Author unknown