I wanted to touch base with you off and on throughout the summer about the kindness challenge that I'm participating in. You can find my original post about it HERE.
Since writing the post, I've been truly focusing on the Bible scripture I had mentioned. Here it is again.
You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity. (Colossians 3:12-14)
Through this scripture, I've developed sort of a mantra that I say to myself during the day especially when I'm feeling frustrated. I tell myself, "Love, Forgive, Be Kind, Patient and Compassionate. Sometimes I just have to repeat these words over and over. Each morning before getting out of bed I've been asking God to help me with these things as I go throughout my day.
Since starting the challenge, I've had a two instances where I was not happy with the circumstances surrounding them. (ok I've had more than two, but these were two biggies) I asked God to help me with my mantra items. One of the instances was in letting a teenage boy stay in our guest room as he was visiting friends in the area and did not have a place to stay for a week. (I have two teenage daughters and for me to do something like this is very out of character for me) I was not a happy mama but hubby was understanding and compassionate to the boy's circumstances. He was an acquaintance of my oldest daughter. I was kind to him and in the end I think my daughter got to have some conversations with this boy to get things off her chest. Things she didn't want to tell her close friends, just someone impartial. So good came out of the situation.
In the second instance I was asked to do quite a bit of volunteer work. At first I thought oh my why did I say yes to doing all this. It was hours of unexpected work. As I did the work, I asked God to bless those who would benefit from what I was doing. I said my new mantra over and over in my head. As I continued to work, I felt a sense of peace and comfort come over me and in the end I was actually happy that I was able to help out.
This is called a Kindness Challenge that was presented from the blog Along for the Ride. As I said before, I'd like to think of myself as always being a kind person. I also don't consider the challenge as being something for only 90 days as originally presented, but it is something that should be life long.
So to make a long story even longer, I wanted to let you know of the two specific instances that came into my life and of my mantra that I repeat throughout the day. I hope in some way that my actions, especially in these two instances, have helped brighten someone's day and more imporantly that I shined in God's eyes.
I hope you will keep kindness in the forefront of your thoughts as you go about your day.