On Sunday, Roger challenged the congregation to be kinder and more generous with each other. This is a good reminder to all of us, and, in case you weren't there, here is that portion of the sermon.
I want to challenge you to be a kinder person. I recently read The Kindness Challenge by Shaunti Feldhan. She notices a troubling trend in our world today. She says:
People today routinely say things over social media, e-mail, and text that they would never utter out loud or face to face. Road-rage confrontations are common. Politicians viciously attack each other, and television news commentators talk over each other. Mean girls openly roll their eyes at school, and bosses feel it is perfectly acceptable to express their disdain at work. I’m sure you could come up with other examples. The problem is those people” are us!
She recommends a Thirty Day Kindness Challenge. There are three steps. Pick one person you want to have a better relationship with, then:
- Do not allow yourself to think or say anything negative about your person to them or anyone else.
- Every day find one thing that you can sincerely praise or encourage
aboutthat person and tell them and someone else.
- Every day, do one small act of kindness for that person.
What would happen if every one of us in this room today would get serious--devoting ourselves to the three spiritual habits of the early church? Would our kindness demonstrate the love of Jesus to everyone in our circle of influence? How would it change your relationships? How would it change you?