Treat everyone with kindness – not because they are nice but because YOU are.
Our pastor gave us this quote and it really resonated with me. How many times do we “retaliate” to people who aren’t kind to us. We think “I’ll show them! I will be rude right back.”
What good does that do? That mentality is what has gotten our society in the mess we are in today! Yes there are certain actions that definitely need to be punished and people who don’t deserve kindness. But Paul tells us in his letter to the Ephesians (4:32) to be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ Jesus forgave you.
WOW! Does that mean even the waiter who is rude?
Does that mean even the lady at WalMart who acts like she hates her job?
Does that mean my spouse when he/she is in a bad mood?
Does that include my bratty teenager with an attitude?
Surely that doesn’t mean my “climb-the-ladder-at-any-cost” coworker?
Yes……….we are to be kind Christians and compassionate because we don’t treat everyone with kindness because they are nice. We treat them with kindness because WE ARE.
Look for someone who needs a little kindness today and brighten up their day by sharing a little of yours.
I want to share with you a new book that my friend, Micah Maddox has written. It’s called Anchored In and you can order it here.
Micah shares personal stories, such as her father’s abandonment of her family, and couples them with biblical application to offer real-life glimpses of God at work. She offers inspiration to live a life full of God’s power rather than one that causes us to turn away and be paralyzed by problems. Hearing from God is not reserved for a chosen few, but rather promised to those who believe. If you are longing to experience God’s power in a deeper way, this is a journey for you.
I met Micah at the Proverbs 31 She Speaks conference in July and instantly connected with her. Her heart for the Lord is so genuine and I know you will fall in love with her sweet spirit as well.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce to you my new, sweet friend, Micah Maddox.
Have you ever walked or driven by a group of workers and it appeared like only one of them was working while the others were just standing around talking, laughing, hands in their pockets?
We may become aggravated and have thoughts cross through our minds like: “are they getting paid to just stand there?” Or we may have thoughts of them being lazy or not doing what they are hired to do. We may think they are goofing off and taking advantage of something or someone.
Well what about you? What about me? Has God ever called us to do something and we just stand around and ignore Him? Do you feel God calling you right now to do something and you’re like one of the workers just standing around with your hands in your pockets watching someone else do His work?
If you feel called to do something for the Lord, get on it! As Christians we are commanded to teach and preach God’s word to others. When we ignore our duties or our calling, we are just like one of those workers we get aggravated at who is standing around watching.
Matthew 28:19 – Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Are we one of those workers? Are we just standing around looking, hands in our pockets, talking and laughing? Or are we the one doing the work? Would God be aggravated at us if He drove by and saw us looking at all the work that needed to be done instead of getting our hands dirty and doing the work He called us to do?
Work or Watch? What will you be doing today?
Example #1: Vehicle “limping” down the road to the nearest gas station with a tiny spare tire.
Example #2: Sweeper bound together with binder twine hoping to make it through one more trip around the house.
Example #3: Umbrella held together with duct tape as prongs poke out of all sides providing just enough protection from the rain for today.
What do these three things have in common? They are all busted but being held together by a “thread” to just get through until a “fix” comes along.
Casting Crowns has a song called “Oh my Soul” and one line of the lyrics is “and my shipwrecked faith will never get to me to shore.”
Is your faith shipwrecked today? Do you feel like you are being held together by duct tape and binder twine; on your last spare tire being beaten down by the pouring rain?
Well there is hope! The next line in the song says, “Can He find me here? Can He keep me from going under?” And the answer is yes!
Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is being sure of we hoped for and certain of what we do not see.”
Even shipwrecked faith will get us to shore. And if we think we can’t make it but we know someone can help us, that’s when God shows up in the boat, life jacket in hand and pulls you in to Him. You’re safe now because you’ve given Him control to get you to shore.
If your faith is shipwrecked today, don’t give up because there’s faith in a spare tire, binder twine and some duct tape to hold it together until you can get help. Jesus is the help you need and He’s not “on the way”. He’s already here.
I hope you can SAIL through your day with great hope, a little more faith and a big ole roll of duct tape!