KINDNESS AND GOODNESS

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Hey Deer Flat Family, if you’ve got a minute, I’ve got a timely word for you.  KINDNESS.  Yep, just KINDNESS.  Why would I take the time to write about this?  Great question.  Maybe you’ve noticed the times we’ve been living.  It seems to me that wherever we go -the restaurant, work, school, church, some meeting, some group event, we encounter people who are living with some serious frustration, packing around a short fuse and maybe even minimal patience.

I read a quote recently that was such an important reminder: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.  Wow that’s good! Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a situation or even a life around.

There seems to be no shortage of opinions and perspectives these days. There also seems to be a lack of tact when it comes to delivering both of those.  I believe that the word being used these days to describe this is, “Filter.”  There’s no filter.  No consideration of time, place, or circumstances. No sensitivity.

All to say, the environment we’re living in these days keeps us wrapped pretty tight.

So, I want to encourage you to be aware.  We’re in our new series about the Kingdom of Heaven.  Let’s be real citizens of the Kingdom and see where we can bring some kindness.  The Psalmist put it this way, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable…pleasing, O Lord, My rock and My redeemer.” Ps. 19:14

A couple of my favorite bumper stickers… “Practice random acts of kindness.”  “Mean people suck.”

Good people like you are a fleeting reminder that God does exist. Thanks for your kindness!  I can’t wait to see you this Sunday!

P.S. 

COVID-19 has impacted every area of life, some of which we are not yet even aware of. It seems that almost every family has been directly impacted or is close to someone who has been.

Healthcare workers, care centers, teachers/schools, first responders, funeral homes, families dealing with a loss, families dealing with sickness, etc. are dealing with the realities of this situation every single day.

This is a great time to stretch your comfort zone and reach out to someone in one of these areas. Send them a note or email, give them a call, buy them a coffee or lunch, give them a hug, volunteer to help with something, but mostly just let them know you love them and appreciate them.

LIFE CHAIN 2021
Sunday, October 3
This prayerful event is an opportunity to stand with others gathering together in over 1500 American cities and reminding our neighbors of the threat posed by abortion. We will plead for the lives of preborn children and urge mothers to understand that there are loving options to aborting their babies.

Join us! We will meet on Milwaukee Street, across from the Boise Mall, at the intersection of Westpark. 2 pm. If you can’t stand for the two hours, we’ll gratefully receive any time you can spare!