If You Were Busy

If you were busy being kind,
Before you knew it you would find
You’d soon forget to think ’twas true
That someone was unkind to you.

If you were busy being glad,
And cheering people who are sad;
Altho your heart may ache a bit,
You’d soon forget to notice it.

If you were busy being good,
And doing the best that you could;
You’d not have time to blame some man
Who’s doing just the best he can.

If you were busy being true
To what you know you ought to do;
You’d be so busy you’d forget
The blunders of the folks you’ve met.

If you were busy being right,
You’d find yourself too busy, quite,
To criticize your neighbor, long,
Because he’s busy being wrong.

–Author Unknown

SOURCE: Standing in the Gap (bulletin of the Nesbit church of Christ), P.O. Box 383, Nesbit, MS 38651