More than that, I am daily working on keeping my heart and mind open.
When we learn to accept and love others that we don't agree with, we are actively engaging in the act of laying ourselves down.
I regain my life and my purpose every time I lay myself down.
In contrary to this, when my mind is made up about another person, after a quick
In those 5 seconds, I am completely missing the point.
The entire process of loving another gets tossed.
So how do we consistently immerse ourselves into humankindness? How do we learn to not observe, measure, and then decide? What is true kindness?
It comes down to something so basic.
Matthew 22 sums it up: Love God. Love Others.
If my day is spent loving God well, then loving others is a natural next option. Something deeply spiritual happens when I meditate on my deep love of my Creator. Not only do I regain a humble posture, but I also can't help but begin to curate a deep compassionate love for anyone in my path.
The outward appearance and measurable actions of another shrink.
I no longer worry that loving them will confuse them.
Love Brings Clarity.
Love doesn't toughen judgement, it softens it.
So when a conversation between a news anchor and a former athlete who is transgender air on primetime: My reaction is not that of disdain or disgust.
I am truly interested in his story and why he feels the way he does. I am not attracted to his fame, and especially not the reality show that has kept his name in the public eye. I care because he is a human being and a child of God. He is someone who my God looks on compassionately and lovingly, therefore I will do the same.
When ISIS killings, Baltimore riots, and business-owners losing their livelihoods over workable disagreements take over my feed... I am not surprised.
Deeply saddened? Yes.
It turns out that the Bible has a simple answer to our anguish:
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ has also forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32
God has forgiven me over and over. It's a total miracle that He is still forgiving me today. This verse in Ephesians does not say to be kind if the person deserves your kindness. It does not say to be kind only if they are "sorry" for their actions.
It simply says to Be Kind.
Oh the simplicity those words could contain, yet the weight we heave upon them.
I'm glad God allows it to be simple for me.
Hello Kindness, thank you for being the answer we are all looking for.