Posts Tagged ‘kindness’

  

“Jesus…went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” (Acts‬ ‭10‬:‭38‬ NIV)

In May of 2006, the last high school class to ever graduate from Spade, TX, entered the room to receive their diplomas. There would never be another. But among that tiny class of 5 teens was one more graduate, fulfilling a dream he never got to experience: graduating from high school. For as Sherman Jones’ class was graduating from Spade in 1950, he was in Korea, fighting not only for his country, but also for his life. (Google the video “Spade TX last graduation” to see the whole incredible story)

Sherman Jones, the sweet and disabled war vet, had no right to share the stage that night. But 5 young people decided to honor a man through the example of Jesus. They wanted to do something good. And that unselfish good act will live on to touch many, many more lives. Do good because it’s what we should do in service to our Lord!

I leave you today with the words of Dr. Kent Keith, made famous by Mother Teresa, the patroness of good works:

“People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.”

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You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” (Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭20‬:‭35‬ NLT)

According to Fox News, the Toys R Us in Bellingham, MA, is where a kid can be a kid, and a complete stranger can be an angel. Around noon on Wednesday, a woman, dubbed “The Layaway Angel”, walked into the store and told a cashier she wanted to pay off a layaway balance: ALL OF THEM. In total, 154 people benefitted to the tune of $20,000!

When you stop to consider the better moments in life, it usually boils down to two things: Getting something as a gift and what you gave to others that touched their life. Greed feels good for a moment, but that moment passes quickly, usually as soon as you realize that you want more stuff. But to give, especially to those who can’t afford it, a little compassionate generosity goes a long way in your heart! It might even inspire others to do the same!

As you shop this weekend for Christmas things, take the chance to get something for someone in need. It could be an anonymous child through the Salvation Army or your local Angel Tree program, or even someone you know personally that is struggling. But when you take time to give, the blessings that return are always beyond compare to the cost! You are loved today!

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In fact, it was your enthusiasm that stirred up many of the Macedonian believers!” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭9‬:‭2‬ NLT)

As a teenager, I watched as my Youth Pastor challenged our youth group to read the whole Bible in a year, only to see scores of adults rise up to the challenge due to the example of the teens. I have watched people give to missions in response to watching a child give what little money they had as a sacrifice. I even met a man that accepted Jesus into his life after watching me, a kid at the time, portray Jesus in a skit, wanting that same compassion that he saw in our drama! Crazy stuff!

The truth is, people do watch Christians to see if we live like we say we believe. Even random acts of kindness can be contagious! By giving hope and making grace beautiful, people are provided an example to follow and will do likewise!

In a day where we are worried about copycat killers or crimes being committed because of negative examples out of the media, wouldn’t it be great to be a part of something wonderful being passed on?! Take time this week, a time for thankfulness, and give simple compliments, gestures of politeness, or even paying forward at a drive-thru fast food line. Know that with faithful living being played out for all to see, it will eventually cause emulation, making others to desire to follow your lead! You are loved today! Start a beautiful trend!

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The path of the upright is an open highway.” (Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭19‬ NLT)

A friend shared with me a frustrating God-moment she recently had. While driving in the rain from Oklahoma back home to Arkansas, her three hour trip wound up being twelve! Three different times she had to pull off the interstate with belt issues, twice having it replaced. Each time, God sent people to buy, deliver, and install them for free, even getting a meal in the deal! Each time she tried to pay them, they all responded with the exact same words: “This is what Christians do.”

God gave my friend an open Heaven of provision, meeting her need at every step. For those that helped her, God gave them an open avenue to help a stranger, fulfilling a scriptural command to help those in need, which also leads to blessings. So, for everyone involved in this adventure, there was an “open highway” that led each to a place of blessing and affirmation.

The main point of this devotion is to realize that we who journey the Christ Life highway must be ready to do what Christians do, and that is to help others. By living faithfully, we are also in a prime place to be helped when we need it. So live your “open highway” this week! God is faithful and you are loved by Him!

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With God’s help we will do mighty things.” (Psalms‬ ‭60‬:‭12‬ NLT)

By A.D. 732, the Islamic Umayyad Caliphate had already conquered Spain and was now descending upon France in order to topple Western Europe. Led by Charles Martel, the French were able to choose the perfect battlefield: a hilltop surrounded for miles by dense woods. The fighting took place over a single day in October. By nightfall, the Umayyad army was completely broken, with thousands dead, and European Christianity remaining the prevalent religion, thanks to Martel’s courage.

While we might not be a Charles Martel, we can all do things of significance in Jesus’ name! Ginormous events are impressive, but it’s the daily workings that make the difference: a phone call, a moment of intercessory prayer, an act of forgiveness. Little is much when God is in it!

As you begin your weekend, look for simple ways to make someone’s life easier to live. A hand or gesture is mighty when it makes an eternal difference is someone’s life! Be that difference maker! You are loved today! (10/24/14)