Good afternoon Friends,
One of the challenges I have felt is the need to connect up our “Sunday faith” with our “weekday faith”. Quakers have a phrase for this, we like to say, “Let your life speak”. To that end, each week I’ll send out a short email connecting up our Sunday (ie, prepared message, Sunday School class, worship) with our “weekday faith” as an encouragement to put “feet to our faith” and walk in the way of Jesus.
Love is Kind
Yesterday the prepared message was on “Love is Kind” as described by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13. It invited us to think about how practicing kindness can be a way to express love in a concrete way. I described kindness as “love with work shoes on”. Kindness in Scripture shows up as a natural outgrowth of living life in the Spirit so it would seem that as we live in relationship with Jesus, kindness is going to manifest itself in our lives.
In a very simple way, kindness shows up as graciousness, courteousness, and civility. To that end, give thought as to how you can offer a gracious spirit, a courteous disposition, and a civil attitude to those you meet this week. This can be done with strangers as well as friends and family. In fact, it’s often those we are closest with that we forget to over civility and courteousness.
Today I changed my Facebook profile picture to this phrase, “In a world where you can be anything…be kind.”
Here are some suggestions:
- Simply Google “acts of kindness” and see what resonates with you. Put it into practice.
- Be gracious with everyone you meet and see what a difference it makes in your own soul.
- Offer an act of kindness to someone you find difficult to love.
- Reflect on God’s kindness towards you.
Read this quote attributed to the Quaker, Stephen Grellet, and listen to how it speaks to your life:
“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect, for I shall not pass this way again.”
Blessings on all of you and, remember, you can be anything this week…so be kind.
Scott Wagoner, pastor