Last week I talked about the ‘pause that refreshes’ and felt committed to ‘pausing’ before speaking.
But of course the minute we commit to something we’re challenged, right? It wasn’t surprising then to come up against some situations and people that prickle, hurt, even stab. And I had a few choice words I’d like to have let loose. But I didn’t. Instead I paused.
I keep being surprised at how much competition, judgment, and unkindness there is in the world. None of us is perfect. We know that. But what does it take to simply be kind?
So this week I’m pondering that thought. In fact my word for the year is KINDNESS. I want to remember and apply it every day–regardless of my ego that likes to select who deserves my kindness and who does not! But then that’s what our EGOs do!
While reading Saint Paul’s letter (in the bible) to the people of Corinth (Greece) the following verse struck me like thunder.
“And we destroy every proud thing that raises itself against the knowledge of God. We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
In other words, for me it means we don’t give any time or emotion to thoughts and judgments that are unhealthy, unkind, unproductive regardless of what’s coming at us. We grab hold of them for Christ, leaning only on his understanding not on our prejudices.
Then I turned to The Message (a modern version of Scripture) for further understanding:
“The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.”
WOW! Enough said. I hope these powerful words will bless and transform those pesky thoughts of yours and that you take them captive and then toss them out with today’s trash.
Let’s replace them with thoughts and actions of kindness.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12).