It seems that everywhere I turn today there is bickering and arguing. If it isn’t about politics (which it often is) it is within the family, between friends and even within church walls. What is happening? I do not remember a time in my life when there has been so much discontent. I know we are living in the end times and I know things are going to get worse. The confusion and chaos in this world is going to continue, unchecked, until Jesus comes back.
What we need in this world is more kindness and encouragement. When is the last time you had someone encourage you? Or, better yet, when is the last time you encouraged someone else? We are so quick to judge and offer up an opinion, usually not a positive one, but encouragement has been lost in all the judgement. I imagine that we are all aware of our own weaknesses, so we do not need someone else pointing these out to us, but we all need encouragement from time to time. I feel that we have forgotten how to build each other up. And then there is the kindness factor. It seems as if kindness has been lost all together. Crabby people in checkout lines, rude waiters and waitresses, mean people around every corner; what is going on? I know everyone has something going on but do our own problems negate the need to be kind to others? Maybe if we were kinder to people our problems would seem less.
I am not trying to get on a soapbox here. Goodness knows I have been one of those crabby people on more than one occasion. But Jesus tells us to love all people. If we love them, should we not be a bit nicer to them? Would it put us out to offer a hello and a smile when we pass someone on the street? I know I need to be more aware of those around me and the needs of others. I need to offer a friendly hello and a smile more than I have in the past. I’m working on me, maybe you can work on you and we could put a kind, encouraging foot forward. To be a bit cheeky, the world would be a better place and we would make Jesus smile to know we are trying to show Him to the world, one kind word at a time.