Daily Devotional for Friday August 8, 2003
Being kind. How many times in a day do we lose our temper, snap at those we love, ignore those we work with, go to school with, interact with each day? Sometimes, we are so wrapped up in our life, our problems, what we are trying to get done, we simply tune out others. You see, being kind requires us to care for others. It requires us to concentrate on their needs. It forces us to look away from ourselves and look at others.
Like many of the things I write about each day, this is something we usually overlook, often take for granted, and seldom think about. If you asked most people, they would tell you that they are "kind" to others. Most of the time they are probably right. But God has told us to be kind to others, and again, in our attempt to be living within His will, this is another facet of our life we must be aware of. Being kind in a Biblical sense, means that we need to put others before ourselves. Look at serving others instead of serving ourselves. Kindness requires our focus be on someone else.
One thing I learned early in my ministry, was that only God can change a human heart. He uses us as instruments to touch peoples' lives and soften their hearts so He can speak to them. Our acts of kindness to others is a way for God to speak to someone who needs Him. You never know where a person really is in terms of their life, but God does. Our kindness to someone at a critical point can be the act that opens them to hear God's voice speaking to them.
I love you and care about you very much. I will be praying today for you to focus this day on being kind to others. Never underestimate how God is using you in the lives of others. It is usually in those simple acts that God uses us the most. Practice being kind to others each day so that it becomes natural. Our nature is to focus on ourselves first and others second. God wants us to change that nature to focus on others first and ourselves second. That means we must trust God to look out after our needs. I am praying that your faith be increased to trust Him to care for you, while you care for others.
This is a great day today. It is unique because it is like no other day, and when it is gone, will never be back. Make the most of it and to everyone you meet today, BE KIND!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller