We have all been there.
Something detrimental has happened. Maybe even earth shattering for you: bad news like a death in the family, job loss, an unexpected expense: in an instant your mind is distracted and your heart is overwhelmed. It seems as though days like this, negative experiences come in dozens. You’ve lost your keys. Spilled coffee on your clothes. Your workload just tripled. Everyone on the highway has it out for you and has cut you off so many times that steam is pouring out of your ears. If you haven’t broken yet – you feel it will happen at any instant if ONE MORE THING goes wrong.
Have you ever been there? Have you ever had a really, really bad day? Of course you have. We all have.
Now, I want you to acknowledge that person is someone else. Someone else has gone through or is going through such a scenario at this very moment. And you are going to encounter that person. Maybe tonight, maybe in the morning or sometime tomorrow – YOU are going to encounter them. Will you be the straw – the last straw to push that person to their breaking point?
Make a choice right now that you will acknowledge that YOU can make a difference in the life of THAT person. On a day when the world is falling apart for another – you can show them a glimmer of hope. A light in the darkness. And it only takes a moment of your time.
That person that waited until the last minute to get over into your lane – give them a break & let them in. You’ve been there, show them grace.
That person who should be communicating respectfully to you but clearly has an attitude – realize they may be having a day from Hades and choose to be good, kind, and patient in your interactions with them.
The person that is rushing to get to the elevator – hold it open for them and offer to push the button to their floor with a welcoming smile.
Drinking the last bit of coffee in the breakroom – make more.
Someone struggling with a task, lend a helping hand.
Someone who clearly has the weight of the world on their shoulders? Ask them how they are – but wait for a response. Too often Americans say “how are you” in mid stride and don’t wait for nor respond to an answer. In other words – be a listening ear. That person may just need to know someone – anyone cares. Be someone who cares.
What I am getting at is that everyone faces a battle sometime. Help them see they can overcome. That there’s still light in the darkness. Kindness in a sea of selfishness. Patience in the rush. Love. Hope. Peace.
Ephesians 4:32 “be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Luke: 6:35 “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Philippians 2:3-5 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.”
What if we lived in a world where we honestly made an effort to put others before ourselves at least in small, intentional acts of kindness. What a difference we could make.
Help make a difference. If you are a believer in Christ, then it is your duty to show your “fruits” and to be kind and loving. I’m tired of Christians being known as judgmental. I’m going to live my life in such a way that God is honored by the kindness and joy I share with those I interact with. I will mess up at times, but my heart will be focused on making a positive difference. I beg of you to do the same. Let’s not just talk about our faith – but let’s put it into action! You don’t have to go around the world to serve. There’s a mission field in your own home. In your own neighborhood. Here.