Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12
When my daughter was young and in her early years of school, I would meet with her teachers for parent conferences. When asked if I had questions, I would always ask whether Juliette was kind to others. More than her academics, more than her test grades and penmanship I wanted to know if she was kind. I’ve always been proud of her achievements, her good grades and work ethic, but it’s the kindness awards, it’s hearing of her caring heart and kind gestures, which make me the most proud.
We are God’s chosen and He has called us to be lights… to be set apart… to reflect the love of Christ to a lost world. Kindness gets people’s attention–there is power in kindness. Kindness humbles the proud, diffuses anger, breaks down walls and strengthens relationships. In a world where people are increasingly more likely to demonstrate impatience, hostility and anger; gentleness, humility, and patience stand out.
We are where we are for a reason, I am continually humbled by that truth. I get so tired of the drudgery and I often find myself looking ahead to something bigger and better, but all the while I am passing through my life–the life the Lord has laid out for me. I am working beside the people He placed me next to, I am interacting each day with the people He put in my path… Admittedly I often pass through without much thought about my day to day impact. But recently, and with consistency, the Lord has blessed me with some insight into the footprints I’ve left behind…the times I wasn’t paying attention, the times I was seeking God for strength just to get through the day, the times I was grieving and struggling and crying out for direction, the people around me were still being influenced by my walk.
I praise God, for His kindness, for His gentleness, for His compassion and for His incredible patience with me. Don’t underestimate your impact…people are watching, and you are a witness–of the Most High.