Monday, August 5, 2013

A No-Words Message


What would people think of us
if they never heard a word we said?
If our words couldn't reach someone,
how would they know us?
Do our actions gather enough mass
to produce a message?
The message we want to send?

The Lord is great in kindness. 
~Ps 145:8
In our hurry up world, 
we often express a message
radically different from kindness.
Our actions often express self-centeredness, 
inconvenience, judgment, entitlement, pride.
People become interruptions to our agendas,
and they know us by those responses.

To be great in kindness suggests that 
our agendas have to shift focus.
Perhaps our interruptions 
need to be our highest priority.
What would my interruption say about me
when we parted ways?
***
I had just written this part about kindness and
was deeply impacted by how real this needed to be.
I then went to Costco. Around noon. On a Saturday.
Oh dear.
There were interruptions everywhere.
I developed amnesia and didn't remember
anything the Lord had just said.
I don't think any of my interruptions
would have commented on my kindness.
Lord Jesus, be merciful to me, a sinner.
Kindness must be demonstrated.
We can tell someone we love them, 
but we cannot tell them of our kindness.
We can tell them of our gratitude,
joy and appreciation for them.
But kindness must be shown. 
I have to to be able to generate 
enough substance "doing kindness" 
that my message is not muddled.
For the Lord is good; 
 His mercy and kindness 
and steadfast love endure forever! 
Jeremiah 33:11
He is the Way, the Truth and Life. 
If I can't be like Him in 
His way of kindness,
I will never be like HIm in Truth or Life.
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, 
for you never know how soon it will be too late."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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