Kindness – Do Something Great That Costs You Nothing

Jelly Beans

Our church recently held a major Easter outreach. My self-appointed job was taking a large bag of candy and greeting people as they made their way across the parking lot.

As a family with two young girls decked out in their finest Easter dresses approached me, I knelt down to talk with the girls about the event. I told them my job was pre-candy. I was giving everyone a piece of candy to hold them over until they entered the event. A fun job to have!

They thanked me and as they walked away I heard one of the girls say, “Daddy, why was he so nice?” (Nailed it!)

Her words made me smile, but also convicted me. Why don’t we take more opportunities to be nice?

I was challenged to:

Use Kind Words

My go to phrase when being checked out at Wal-Mart is to ask the cashier (using their name), “Are they being nice to you today?”

The normal response is, “Oh yes.” But one day the cashier teared up and responded, “No it’s been an awful day. Our system is giving us fits and I’ve cussed out several times. Everyone is impatient and angry, and I don’t want to be here anymore…”

I told her that I had been working hard on being nice and saying please and thank you. I also said that if I failed to be nice she had permission to punch me in the stupid. A slight smile cracked.

As I left I told her I appreciated her taking care of me and that I hoped she would have a much better afternoon. A genuine smile followed.

A genuine smile is always worth a few kind words. Take the time to collect a few!

Do Kind Deeds

Gentlemen, yes you should hold the door for that lady!

Always help your co-worker pick up the pile of papers they just dropped.

Why wouldn’t you help the elderly lady put her groceries in the trunk? 

Yes, you should offer to help the young ladies alongside the road with a flat tire.

And finally, yes, you should take flowers to the hotel desk clerk you were a jerk to… (moment of transparency – sorry).

The point is, you never know when your act of kindness will have an incredible impact on the life you touch.

Communicate With Kindness

This is very similar to use kind words, my thought is more toward professional, business and social media communication.

I have a folder in my Inbox that I keep encouraging e-mails in. They were sent to me by missionaries, pastors, business associates, co-workers and my favorite wife.

Some of them are silly, some of them are encouraging, most of them are precious to me.

I look to these words of kindness and encouragement when I am discouraged, or when Satan seems to be riding in my shirt pocket for the day.

Often they remind me to be the encouragement in someone else’s life. I want my words saved in someone’s Inbox!

Kindness costs us so little, but it can mean so much.

The unseen value will be eternal in our lives.

Mark 9:41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Where can you make kindness happen today?

Resurrection Hope Is Within Reach Starting Today

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Resurrection Sunday came upon us quickly this year. With the chaos of the election, the fighting in Washington, and multiple terror attacks, even with its later date, it seems to have come upon us unawares.

Our constant connection to social media, fake news, and real news can cause us to become discouraged and lose hope that things will be better.The sad part in all this chaos is we risk missing the thing we need the most. The story of the Resurrection offers the hope so many of us are searching for.

This is a short blog looking at three places in Scripture where we find the hope that the Resurrection offers us.

1. Our Fire Will Burn Again

The day following Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, two of His disciples made the journey from Jerusalem to Emmaus.  As they walked along talking about the events of the last week, Jesus met them along the way.

For what ever reason He hid His identity from them. As they walked along He “opened up the Scriptures” to them. They pleaded with Him to spend the evening and share more with them.

As Jesus broke bread (as He had at the Last Supper) they suddenly recognized Him and He vanished. As they rushed back to Jerusalem they said these words.

Luke 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

Our situation may seem hopeless now, but the Resurrection means we have hope. When we spend time in the Presence of the Resurrected Christ, the fire will burn again in our hearts!

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2. This Is Not All There Is

One reason we tend to lose hope is that we focus on what we see and not what will be. We forget this cursed earth is not our home. Jesus rose from the grave and has gone to prepare a place for us in Heaven!

John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Discouragement will always find its way into our lives when we are we more excited about this world, than the hope of the world to come?

3. We Still Have A Job To Do

The Resurrected Christ gave us a job to do before He left this earth. In Acts 1 Jesus told His followers that they would be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judaea  Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth. What a great promise and command to all of us as His followers.

Then He was taken up from before them. What would it have been like to see that? As they stood looking up, two Angels appeared and spoke to them.

Acts 1:10 11 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

The Resurrection and Ascension are not the end of the game. Jesus will return one day. The Angels question was, “Why are you standing around?” He left you a job to do. Others don’t have the Resurrection hope that you do, go and tell them!”

Easter is not only a time to celebrate, but to remember. As we celebrate Easter, let’s remember the everyday hope that the Resurrection brings us. And let us not forget we still have work to do!