Mar. 17, 2016

In a world where you can be anything...be kind!

“In a world where you can be anything...

be kind...”

“Make America kind again...”

These suggestions have been on Facebook the last few days and I suspect that in today’s contentious, slanderous, cruel political climate, more and more people are wishing for a little kindness, and maybe considering engaging the old brain before the mouth opens up to say something less than uplifting.

In a Peanuts strip last week, Lucy Van Pelt is talking to good ol’ Charlie Brown:  “Life is a mystery, Charlie Brown...do you know the answer?”

Charlie Brown says, “Be kind, don’t smoke, be prompt, smile a lot, eat sensibly, avoid cavities and mark your ballot carefully. Avoid too much sun, send overseas packages early, love all creatures above and below, insure your belongings and try to keep the ball low.” The only thing he missed was to be sure to floss daily, and drink lots of water.

Lucy responds: “Hold real still because I’m going to hit you a very sharp blow on the nose.”

Yep, that’s what she said. Which got me to thinking about the way a lot of people seem to be speaking. Of course, that’s not us, not our family, not our neighbors, not our church, and certainly not us husbands and wives...if we happen to be a husband or wife. Which then brought to mind all the stuff the Bible has to say about the tongue. I quit counting references after 50!

“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” Prov. 21;23

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Eph. 4:29

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Prov. 15:1

“Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. ..” James 3:4-10

My friend and fellow blogger, Jane Tawel, made the observation last week that we might consider spending more time with Jesus and studying God’s Word than we’re spending watching politicians and following elections. She’s got a point. Here it is, St. Patrick’s Day, mid-March, the election’s not till November and I, personally, am heartily sick of all the candidates and the unpleasant things they have to say. I am going to try, however, not to speak critically of any of them....or anyone else either! Like the guru is saying to Ziggy, I'm going to think of my conscience as an invisible fence for my soul, and my tongue, too!

Remember this?

THINK before you speak:

T – is it True

H – is it Helpful

I – does it Inspire

N – is it Necessary

K – is it Kind

Spent time with my friend Darrell yesterday talking about what heaven’s going to be like and we both ended up a lot happier than we were when we started....just saying...