And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
Our minds would rather mull over the negatives in relationships, nursing hurts and thinking harsh thoughts about another, and it will take a good deal of discipline to change that habit. But if we are to learn kindness, we must start with our minds. We simply won't be kind to someone we've thought of in anger all day long!
And from our thoughts comes our speech, likely where we fail most often. If kindness is to be taught, it can't be done with unkind speech and Proverbs ties the teaching to our tongue. Acid-laced words may get quick results, but what will long-term results be? Our words should convey a 'sincere desire for the happiness of another' but I'm afraid they are often saying, 'Get out of the way of MY happiness!' Remember, I read your heart when I hear your words!
As we discipline ourselves to think and speak kindly, our actions should follow. I wonder what changes might take place in that difficult relationship if 'Kindness on Purpose' became your method. It could bring surprising changes!
~ Marti Barkman, February 2011 Beacon Beam
Thoughts? Have you ever returned kindness for meanness or wished you had? Or has someone else done this towards you?
Still...reading Is God a Moral Monster?
Planning...to watch the Superbowl this evening with the family. Favorite player tonight.
He has some great shampoo commercials!
Watched...my second movie of the year the other night -- Steel Magnolias. I'd forgotten how sad it was and bawled during the hospital scene. Such a funny movie at times too. Life is about good times and bad, laughter and tears. Thank God for good friends. Do you have friends such as are portrayed in that movie?
Enjoying ... The perspective of this blog post on Penal Substitution vs. Christus Victor
Went ... to Michael's basketball game yesterday morning and then out to eat with my sister and Michael for her birthday. We ate at Red Robin. Will was refing a game so he missed out. Andrew was visiting some friends at his parents' house.
So what's been up with you?