Be Kind

Whatever is going on with the website interactions and my email manager is escaping me. So I am making some changes. Standby. I will get this sorted out shortly. 

So, while in Nashville last week, I drove around town quite a bit. Recently, Forbes magazine ranked Nashville as one of the toughest cities to make your work commute in. I am not going to disagree with them.  

I will tell the truth: some yelling and horn honking. Mainly to stop someone from trying to kill us at 75 miles an hour. But there was something else I noticed.  

Most people were polite. If you were in a tough spot, people would stop and let you in. If you got to the available parking spot first, people would let you have it; you got there, so it was yours. (That was after I drove around the Farmers Market for 45 minutes looking for a parking space.)  

Ephesians 4:31-32 31: Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (NLT)

Next to the Farmers Market was a fenced-off area with 30 vendor tents selling wares. As we approached it, there was yelling and screaming, which was a bit scary. As we got closer, we saw it was a semi-pro wrestling match. But here is the deal: as people approached the gate, most would walk away. They didn’t want to get anywhere near the yelling, even though it was acting.  

Kindness attracts people to you, not anger. Other people's friendly actions do, too, like forgiveness, caring, and compassion.  

Dear Jesus, help me to care about people today, to be kind, and to attract people to You. AMEN

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