Don’t you just love it when God whispers something in your ear and it changes your whole perspective on life again? It happens to me mostly in the car when I’m alone and just chatting with Him, often when I’m travelling to work. One bleak January morning, He did just that and whispered “Well, what do you want us to do together?”
You see this was my prayer too. “What am I to do God? Am I still usable? Surely I haven’t reached my expiry date already?”
The answer was a whispered ‘KINDNESS‘.
This simple word, so overlooked in today’s society, excited me and gave me purpose. It reminded me of Jesus teaching, “Love others as well as you love yourself.” Mark 12:31
What better way to show His love than being kind.
I recently watched Bring Back Borstal, a programme about a strict regime for young offenders. The Governor searched for a young man who had thrown in the towel, offering him a second chance to graduate with the others. Sound familiar?
It rang of a Shepherd searching for and finding his lost sheep.
The young man said ‘Yes, and returned to be bowled off his feet by manly hugs and cheers from the young men, guards, coaches and a (not so manly!) matron.
He described his welcome back like “getting punched in the face … with kindness”.
We have a guy in our church who specialises in this. Walk round a corner, down a corridor and you are liable to be ‘punched in the face with kindness’!! ”You are incredible!” “You’re amazing!” You can’t help but smile in surprise. He isn’t palming us off with idle flattery – he’s speaking Your Father’s thoughts over you!
Kindness is life giving to those who receive it and to those who demonstrate it. ‘You’re far happier giving than getting.’” (Acts 20:35 MSG)
Kindness is something different to everyone. It may be meeting a need, or taking time with someone but mostly it’s whatever your Father is whispering in your ear to do with Him.
It’s buying sweets for the office team who are so often overlooked, but what would ever get done without them?
It’s telling your child that you delight in them. Give that a go and watch what happens!
It’s buying that car park ticket for a random stranger.
It’s giving away a roll mat to a homeless man because you don’t need it and he so desperately does.
It’s driving around at 11pm with a disgruntled teenager, who’s munching a burger you paid for, just so you can listen to everything that’s wrong in their world, including you!! Yet knowing that this is not who they really are and telling them you love them.
It’s tears, laughter and prayer in a coffee shop as God mends a hurting heart.
It’s saying – “I know God can help in this, can I pray for you now?”
Kindness is limitless in its variety and impact. You may never know the life change you have made when you show love through being kind but the big is there in the small all the time.
A lady I admire says it all so much better than I ever could…
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless”. (Mother Teresa)