An Encouraging Word
Aghhhhh. There it is again! Again! And again. It’s back. That constant drip, drip, drip, drip, drip, drip…drip. It’s ever so silent and subtle. It creeps in through the path of least resistance and lands on that unsuspecting dry surface like a cold slap in the face. It’s relentless and begins to spread out - slowly soaking into anything that will hold moisture. Each touch of the dripping leak leaves evidence behind the peeling paint that it has been felt. Sigh. I think to myself, there goes another weekend of ripping out drywall to find a leaking pipe. So what does a hidden and subtle drip of water have to do with kindness? Maybe it’s just a good illustration to help us appreciate its impact.
We are to be kind to one another in the smallest of details. Micah 6:8, one of my all-time favorite bible verses from the, New American Standard Bible (NASB) reads – “He has told you, O man, what is good;? and what does the Lord require of you? but to do justice, to love kindness,? and to walk humbly with your God?” We are to “Love Kindness”! God requires it of us along with doing the justice thing and being humble. I have to ask myself, “Is my kindness like a constant and subtle silent drip? Am I being consistent in the little things, when no one is watching? How am I treating others when I am having a bad a day?
I really want my acts of kindness to be like that silent subtle drip. Each touch is felt; over time there is no mistaking the evidence from our kindness. Let people see that smile, hear that thank you, see the attitude, receive appreciation, know they are being heard. Extend mercy. Go the extra mile. Let the offence go. Are my words helping or hurting?
The list and ideas can go on.
Lord, help me to be kind. It’s what you expect and call good. Amen.
Scott Bowers – Executive Director