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A lady in front of me at the grocery store had a real melt down today.  Sadly, I couldn’t flee the area fast enough to avoid witnessing her tirade at the clerk, then the sacker, and finally her children.  After she left I told the clerk, “she must be having a bad day.”  From the look on the clerk’s face, that lady must have a lot of bad days.

It seems all we hear these days are how bad our problems are and who’s to blame for them.  Some people say it’s healthy to get in someone’s face … others say if it feels good then do it.  I have a different approach.

I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t like a kind word spoken to them or kind action taken for their benefit.  Like the song says:

“You got to try a little kindness; Yes show a little kindness; Just shine your light for everyone to see; And if you try a little kindness; Then you’ll overlook the blindness; Of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets.”

Acts of kindness go a long way in meeting someone’s needs and showing the love of Christ at the same time.  I just read that a Chicago schoolteacher was speaking to someone about her low-income students.  Passengers on the plane with her overheard her story and gave her more than $500 in cash to help.  Another story … a man from Alabama had to walk almost twenty miles to his new job.  When the CEO found out about this man’s plight, he gave the man his personal car.

A personal word of encouragement, a hug to the downtrodden, meeting the comfort needs of someone destitute – there are millions of ways each of us can make this world a better place.  Opportunities are not hard to find – just be open to them!

Colossians 3:12                 “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

 

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