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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Kindhearted

Colossians 3:12 "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."

From time to time my husband and I have watched the TV show The Amazing Race. The premise of the game show is that teams of two race around the world following clues and doing different activities along the way. Their goal is to arrive in time without being eliminated.

Often they are in countries where English in not spoken very much. It always amazes me that despite the language barriers, people in other countries are quick to help someone that is in need. I can't help but compare our country with others and wonder if the same thing would happen in the United States.

I also saw advertised on TV last night a new show that will be coming out in January. It's entitled something about What You Do When People Aren't Watching. I guess they have different situations that arise when someone is in need - a woman getting her purse stolen, someone picking on someone else, etc. It looked like a variety of situations will be presented with hidden cameras to see what happens when one person sees what is going on - will they just look away or will they choose to intervene?

How about you? If you were in that situation where you saw someone that was in need and you are the only other one around, would you just sit back and watch, intervene, or what?

Our kindheartedness can be used to point others to Jesus. He showed the ultimate kindness when He came into this world as a newborn babe. He showed kindness when He died a horrible death on the cross. He showed kindness when He arose from the grave. He showed kindness when he ascended to heaven and promised to go to prepare a place for you.

ACTIVITY
Look for a way that you can show people kindness this holiday season. With the economic situation we are in right now, there are many around you that are in need.

PRAYER
Dear Lord, help me to be kindhearted to those that I meet. Help me to notice the needs around me. Help me to choose kindness even when it isn't convenient. Amen.

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