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This month’s virtue is kindness. I think kindness is one of the most underrated virtues out there. That’s not a good thing considering it claims a spot as one of the “Fruit of the Spirit” in Galatians 5:22,23.

There have been attempts by some to refocus our attention on kindness. You probably remember all the talk about a “Conspiracy of Kindness” or “Random Acts of Kindness” that were attempts to get us thinking about kindness. These have been great and they have helped to open our eyes to the opportunities around us to demonstrate kindness. I hope they don’t lose their ability to motivate us because they may seem out of date now.

But it is one thing to practice kind acts and another thing to become a kind person. Practice can help us transform but it also requires surrender to the Holy Spirit. Most of us will have a hard time doing it on our own.

The older I get the more I see the sense in kindness. Life is too short and is moving to fast to be unkind. And this world is desperate for some kindness. Following politics now days is almost intolerable for people who are focused on kindness.

Kindness is one of the best ways we can be a blessing to this world. We live in a society that sees high rates of depression and violence. Kindness works on young and old a like. And kindness doesn’t cost us anything from a material standpoint.

So let’s make a difference. Let’s transform our communities by being the kind of kind people we were created to be.

© 2006-2019 Zanesville United Brethren Church

Looking Up

Fall is here and as the days are getting shorter, and the leaves are turning brown, we know that some people start to get depressed. And while the holidays can be a cheery time for many, others find them discouraging or even heart breaking.

I get depressed for a different reason. My favorite football team is a perennial loser. The Spring starts out full of hope as the draft takes place and free agents are signed. Training camp and pre-season offer glimpses of possibilities. But now the season is underway and all hope of glory is lost for yet another year. Sigh!

Some people would allow the sorry state of their football team to get them down. We let a lot of things get us down. But we have the greatest hope of all in Jesus. Jesus makes it possible to endure minor disgruntlements like this with a holy perspective. But Jesus shows off even more when we deal with real tragedies in life.

So look up. Jesus has your back. He loves you and is waiting for you to fall in love with Him.

© 2006-2019 Zanesville United Brethren Church