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That girl sitting quietly in the corner, mindlessly scrolling through her phone but mindfully scrolling through every thought, every action searching through hope. You’ve been her. So have I.
What got you through your last down season? Odds are, it wasn’t so much a reversed circumstance as much as it was a person, a thought, an idea. In days of darkness, misery holds a choking hand of uncertainty. Gasping for air, we settle for mundane complacency.
In days of cheerfulness, positivity exudes from our inner joy, sometimes held captive in fear of labels of over the top and unrealistic. But we don’t realize the power we have to loosen misery’s grip on another’s daily grind.
Just a simple, “Let me sit with you through this. Tell me what’s going on. Here’s what brings me joy, and maybe it will for you, too,” holds breath-giving abundance. Why do we take captive the joy that’s not ours to keep?
“For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.”-Matthew 12:34
In the high seasons of your life, giving means nothing. In the low seasons, receiving means everything.
I used to be scared to say yes to God because I thought He’d have me do ridiculous things. And He has, but more frequently, He has me do what I love for who I love. God created you with a specific skillset, a specific heart with specific dreams to love on a specific group of people. Evangelism doesn’t just mean standing on the streets. It means standing on the edge of someone’s fears, taking their hand, and saying, “Me, too!,” followed by, “You’re not alone.”
George Saunders spoke at Syracuse University’s convocation on his life experiences, giving advice to graduates. (See the full speech here.) He said,
“What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded…sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.”
Who in your life do you remember most warmly? What did they do for you? Go do that for someone today.
This week, I’m featuring a series of kindness. People close to my heart using what they love to love on other people in their own unique way. I’ll bet it will give you some great ideas and starting points to examine your own strengths and apply them to kindness along the way, too. Trust me-they are some pretty amazing people!
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