Good Day and Good Evening friends. Inside the envelope next to this tape recorder you will find lists of places where you have influence, be it at work or school, biking, walking or shopping, or even via phone, text message or Facebook posts, wherever you encounter other people all made in the image of God. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to be kind. Not just kind, but the most kind person you meet today. This may seem impossible (rather than impeccable) but you will not be in it alone, for God is there with you every step of the way, even carrying you when you are too overwhelmed to go on. Remember that all things are possible with God. Also included in the envelope is your daily (or even hourly) checklist to help you in this mission. As you go about your day keep an index card with this checklist in your pocket or purse to help you choose what to say or do:
- Is it kind?
- Is it encouraging?
- Is it uniting?
As always, should you or any of your Impeccable Mission Force be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self destruct in 5 seconds. God be with you my friend… <fizzle, smoke, poof>
I think this is a right now word for each of us today. And as is often the case when I hear a word, sometimes I have to look up the word in the dictionary. Perhaps some of you are literary challenged like me, so I can save you time by sharing what I found when looking it up in my Merriam Webster Dictionary app on my phone:
Wow … that sounds like a good category for a new mission! Well, actually, this is not the first time I have heard this “right now” word. Some of you may recall back a decade when I was sure that I was hearing this word (it is a link to my post about it):
Click=> Kindness is a Potent Weapon
And then, another interesting aspect of the word today is that it is confirming the prior time I heard it and shared it on my website that is name:
Click=> Accepted Not Rejected
And look at what the Sub-Title of the website has always been for all these years:
No matter what the world may say, you are indeed accepted, not rejected!
And that ties in with the message from our Pastor on Sunday, when he told us how we might not be accepted by doing what God is asking of us, but to do it anyway (God’s ideas are usually better than our own … well, actually they ALWAYS are!).
Why is this important for today? Well, as our Pastor said (much better than I can)… the world around us is in a mess. People are siding with one party or the other and are fighting each other, when NEITHER party is the solution. The solution is with God… with Jesus! So, we need to side with God, with Jesus and not a political party. And it also is important for today because it reminds us that our battle is not against other people, but against the powers of darkness. Our weapons are not worldly weapons. And besides all that … Scriptures actually includes one of my favorite stories that was so nicely portrayed by Amber as the Title Page art for the Handwritten Bible book of 2 Kings (and this title page was the ONLY title page that was actually TWO pages):
Click=> 2 Page Title Page for 2 Kings
Here are those two pages with the story of how KINDNESS won the battle (reference is 2Kings 6:8-23):
Notice the words in the second to last panel:
Be nice to them. Give them something to eat…
And the words in the final panel:
That kindness was remembered a long time…
Our mission when encountering others today (who may be in anguish, or overwhelmed with sorrow) is not to beat them on the head to **WIN** and show them how wrong they are (or actually, how we perceive them to be wrong). Odds, are that we may be just as wrong as them, and we both need God, need Jesus. So instead of beating them over the head, why not shower kindness over their heads, similar to what Paul spoke about to the Romans (12:20-21 ESV):
To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
But what is even more interesting is what comes just before those verses (I will space it out like a list, which it really is):
Love must be sincere.
Hate what is evil;
cling to what is good.
Be devoted to one another in love.
Honor one another above yourselves.
Never be lacking in zeal, but
keep your spiritual fervor,
serving the Lord.
Be joyful in hope,
patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer.
Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.
Bless those who persecute you;
bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice;
mourn with those who mourn.
Live in harmony with one another.
Do not be proud, but
be willing to associate with people of low position.
Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil.
Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you,
live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:9-18 NIV)
God be with you my friend… <fizzle, smoke, poof>
I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)