“Be Kind”

Matthew 7:12

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets

My wife will sometimes move closer to me, look me in the eye and says ‘be kind’.

It’s not that I’m necessarily being unkind but I might not be behaving as lovingly or as graciously as I should be. But those words always jolt my conscience and I get myself into a better place. But then I wonder how many other people in my day would want to say those words to me? The ticket collector on the train. The person I brush past because they’re walking too slowly. The work colleague who’s trying their best but I’m somehow making them out to be useless. It can happen to us all occasionally.

If we can’t think about our own actions then maybe we can think about someone’s response to them? If it’s the words ‘be kind’ then maybe we need to check ourselves. In a way, it’s being kind to ourselves.

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, shine kindness through us today – Amen!

Wait.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not be faint

Yesterday it was about doing nothing. Today it’s about waiting. It must be one of the hardest things for us to do. Waiting. In life, we don’t like it. Waiting in line. Waiting for a plane. We just want to keep moving forwards and not stopping. But a big part of doing nothing is the waiting. That involves a huge amount of discipline and patience. God has a plan for us all but it only plays itself out if we take the time to wait and then listen. It’s a little like walking through a forest and stopping to hear the bird sing. How dreadful is it to think His plan for us never materialized because we never stopped to listen. But it’s not too late. We still have time to wait.

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, we pray that we can stop and listen to your plan for us. Through faith, may we have the patience to wait – Amen!

Do nothing.

Romans 10:17

So faith comes through hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ

Ever tried doing nothing? I think I’m getting good at it. I don’t mean literally doing nothing. I mean just taking some time out to do nothing of any particular importance. I have a 3 hour train journey twice a week back and forth from Boston. It’s one of the most picturesque train journeys I have been on so I can spend at least an hour of that journey staring out of the window doing nothing except looking and thinking. I recently did the journey from my home in CT into Grand Central which I did for 6 years. I was amazed how much of it I didn’t recognize. But that’s because I’d never really looked out of the window. If we can take the time to take in our surroundings or not get caught up in the ‘next thing’ then that’s a great opportunity to spend time with God. Otherwise, we can’t hear him speak to us. Many people gasp when I tell them I have a 3 hour journey on a train twice a week but I know it is a gift and a blessing. But only if I look at it the right way. It is very easy to think of it as a hassle and a burden.  I am on the Boston train now so and it’s only taken me 15 minutes to write this. Back to doing nothing!

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, help us to find time with you. Teach us to pause so we can hear from you. Tell us where you want us to go and what you want us to do – Amen!