What would happen if we laid aside our pride and tried...a little kindness?
What would happen if we held loosely to our anger instead of our tongues?
What would happen if humility motivated our posture and prayer our thoughts?
What if instead of being heard, we listened.
Instead of pouring out to each other, what if we emptied ourselves before the Lord?
Instead of trying to solve each others problems, we realized we aren't smart enough or wise enough
Instead of elevating our opinions we held high the Words of the Most High
What if we practiced what we say we believe...and tried a little kindness.
Our world is in a constant state of frenzy. In a hurry people say and do things that given time to think, pray and think again, they might not would say or do. Over the last few months I have thought about the implications kindness might make on our society. Don't get me wrong...I'm not talking about niceness. We've got just about all we can handle of empty compliments, fake smiles and loud and obnoxious artificial laughter. I'm talking about hard nose kindness...the kind that won't take "no" for an answer. The kind that is looking for needs to meets and gets great delight from knowing he or she is instrumental in leading someone closer to Christ. That's real kindness. Real kindness is honest, truthful, humble. It makes room for people's mistakes...their clutter. It gives 70 X 7 chances and more. It gives up personal comfort for others gain and invests in things that make God happy.
I've been on the receiving end of a few kind deeds lately. Out of the blue notes of encouragement that someone took the time and effort to handwrite me were incredibly timely. A few facebook messages and even texts have been used to set my feet to dancing! Just a few of the many kind deeds of the body of Christ. Those deeds are a continual motivation and blessing to me. It makes me want to look around and see places that need a reflection of Christ....the gas station, the pediatricians office, the kitchen table, the job, the daycare, the DMV. Wherever God plants your feet we have the opportunity to help make His name great.
How are we doing, church?