“A Little Kindness Will Do…”
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering” (Colossians 3:12 KJV)
Today’s blog has three points…Times when we need a little kindness in our life from others …Times when we are the one who gives kindness to others…and possessing the knowledge that Jesus is always our supreme “Kindness Giver.”
Have you ever just needed a little kindness in your rather busy day or schedule? Just someone who comes along and sincerely asks, “How are you?” And, takes the time to actually listen! Perhaps, a phone call from an old friend who shows interest in your life? A minute in time when someone is NOT wanting or needing anything in return; just a warm-hearted person offering a kind, gentle smile or words of encouragement? Of course, the answer is “Yes,” with a capital “Y!” We all need these special moments in our lives.
But, what happens when we DON’T have that special “someone” who calls us out of the blue or shows a particular interest in our well-being? What happens when we are going through a tough time, or feeling lonely, or over-whelmed with activities, or misunderstood and no one around us seems to “pick-up” on our “drowning” signals? Those more difficult times in our life when we seek out “kindness,” but instead receive a cold-uncaring shoulder of negativity… Ouch!! Well, anchor down my friend…because these times do come into ALL of our lives….I call them my “Garden of Gethsemane” moments. Times when only “closet-prayer” with Jesus can help.
When we study the life of Jesus Christ, we learn that at the most difficult, sorrowful, and harshest time in his earthly life, he was left alone. His closest friends and disciples “slept” while he agonized in prayer to His Heavenly Father for strength and endurance. Triumphantly, God answered Jesus’ “Garden of Gethsemane” prayers as He was empowered to complete and fulfill the “purpose” of His coming to earth; to redeem the loss and dying world through his victorious life, death, burial, and grand resurrection. Just like Jesus, we can find strength and empowerment to make it through our tough and “lonely” times as well.
It is true….God created us to interact one with another…As the old adage says, “No man is an island unto himself.” We all need to show and to receive kindness…Even “A LITTLE KINDNESS WILL DO” at times. But, there are times when we will find ourselves alone and facing things on our own…Today, you may be in need of a friend who will show you kindness, support, and mercy. You need not look any further than your “Garden of Gethsemane” prayer-closet. God will meet you there. You are NOT alone. He always has the time to give you a warm and friendly spiritual hug. His mercies “renew” every morning and He is just waiting to share them with you….
On the other hand, you could be that one person put in a position to show and demonstrate kindness to another in need…On yesterday, while shopping at the grocery store, I noticed a lady having difficulties bending down to pick up an item from a lower shelf. Having been a back-surgery patient myself, I could relate. So, I walked over and offered to assist. She was very grateful. She shared with me that she was in the midst of making a decision on whether or not to have surgery on the lumbar region of her back. I quickly told her how happy and relieved I was after my back-surgery and would highly recommend it if she had confidence in her surgeon. After exchanging a few details, she asked for the name of my doctor to make an appointment with him for a second opinion. She seemed sincerely grateful for our “chance” meeting. Knowing that my orthopedic doctor is a devout Christian man and a very gifted, skilled surgeon, I know she will be in good hands. My “little act of kindness” may bring future relief and recovery to a complete stranger…We just never know! Even though our brief encounter may have been “unplanned” and taken up some of my time, showing a little kindness is something our society needs a whole lot more!!
I hope you will receive a little “kindness” in your busy life today from someone, or you may be the one who shows kindness. Either way, “A Little Kindness Will Do.” Whether you “give” or “receive” kindness…you should feel a little better!
However, don’t dismay if you find yourself alone today. Kindness is still on your horizon… God is a prayer-beat away. Take a moment to create your own “Garden of Gethsemane” prayer-closet where you can meet one-on-one with God and pour out your heart’s hidden secrets unto him…He is a KIND friend who loves 24/7 and is always willing to show “Kindness” to his children. Amen.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies…kindness.
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T. Rollins, Author