Grow In Kindness

“Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.” - Psalm 141:5

Dear Friends, This Sunday just past we talked about Kindness, and this coming Sunday we’ll look at Goodness. The two are inextricably linked. Let me connect the two even further, by inviting you to do something kind for someone who isn’t very good… Sunday is Kenton Klink’s birthday. Just kidding. Not about his birthday, March 27 IS his birthday. I was just kidding about him not being very good. It’s fun to bust his chops (and to rile him up - ask him about his drive last Sunday afternoon) - I know it gets him attention and compassion, so that’s partly why I do it. But seriously, if you haven’t found something kind to do, let me encourage you to make it a point by Sunday to do at least one kind act and let God worry about the fruit of it. There’s another way to think about growing kindness too - not just the part that we do for others, but the kindness that we receive from them. I’ll be the first to admit, it’s not always easy. It’s not always easy to receive someone’s kind words or kind acts. I’ve been known to be bad at receiving other people’s kindness from time to time and that’s not every honoring to them - I’m working on it. And speaking of, Psalm 141 acknowledges how a correction and a rebuke can be, as odd as it may sound, a kindness! I can’t agree more! During Sunday’s early service, as I shared the news of Jack Heidler’s passing, remarking about the 65+ years of marriage he and Betty had, Sheila Uriah and Laurie Rigby piped up from the back that it was 75+ years of marriage! After worship, they sheepishly apologized - but I as so appreciative about being corrected! I honestly hate to get something wrong. I don’t like the idea of standing up Sunday morning and misleading any of you about anything. So I’m glad for that correction. It’s not always that easy though. In fact, the deeply held beliefs that we have, rooted in our lived experience, can also be wrong. It’s a little more difficult to be corrected on those things than on indisputable facts, like how long someone has been married, or the capital city of a state. Even still, our attitude needs to be the same - we need to be willing to receive the correction, the rebuke even, by the loving and faithful people around us, those that are seeking our best and God’s glory. When we do so, it’s a kindness. And when we make it a habit, to receive that correction well, we create a culture of kindness around us. I think that’s what we’re called to do - in our homes, in our workplaces, in our neighborhoods and especially in our church! Welcoming You to Grow in Kindness with Jesus, Pastor Don

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