Kindness // Fruit of the Spirit //
I am so excited to have my beautiful, unique, one of a kind friend and mentor, Megan share this topic with you. It's something that she radiates day in and day out, and the fact that she actually strives for it makes it even more noticeable. She is so powerful, and her words are wrecking. Love you so much Megan! So with all the honor, here we go!
He is kind, and he never stops being kind. He is always thinking of me. If there is one thing I have learned from the Lord it’s that being kind it’s more important than fixing the issue and it doesn’t depend on how you feel. So as for me I want to never stop being kind. I want to give beyond my ability, always open my home to who needs it, be a listening ear, and a lending hand. I want to be kind.
My character doesn’t depend on how I feel, feelings are fickle. And kindness is a fruit of the spirit that doesn’t cease to exist because I don’t feel like it. It continues. God continues. So I continue. I may just want to stay in and watch a movie, but if someone needs help, I’m going to be there. Because God gives me the ability and drive to get my lazy butt off the couch and help someone. When I am able to be kind, its because of God. It’s because of the gifts he gave me when I decided to say yes. When I try to be the sweetest most thoughtful person all on my own, I fail. I fail miserably. But when I'm only focused on meeting with God, and knowing him, kindness is just something that flows out of me. It becomes natural. It’s no longer annoying when someone interrupts my solo movie night, or even my date night. It’s a joy.
I get to be kind. I get to give out what God gives me constantly.
In fact it almost bursts out, if I don't give it out I'll explode.
I’m full and God has not stopped pouring so I need to fill someone else's cup up so I don’t spill everywhere.
I guess that’s the best way to explain it. It’s not something I did because I should or even want to, I need to. I need to give generously. I need to open my home. I need to be a listening ear and a helping hand.
For me what kindness boils down to is treating people like I would treat Jesus. If Jesus asked me for $10 I’d give Him $100. I’d give Him more than what he needed, I would pour out blessing. That’s how we should treat all people. Giving generously our time, talents, and treasures. If Jesus said he needed a place to stay, I’d give him my sleep number bed while I took the couch. And if Jesus walked into my room and said, “I want to talk to you”, I would be hanging off every word He says. I would not only listen to Him, but hear him. I would not simply wait for him to finish so I can say something. That’s what we should do with people.
Listen as if Jesus himself were speaking, like what they have to say is the most important thing in the world, because in the moment, it might be to them.
And something as simple as smiling can brighten anyone's day. Being kind, treating people like Jesus, can change their life. So going the extra mile and thinking of others above yourself is always worth it even when you don’t feel like it.