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Apr 28

Be Kind to Others – Kindness is Costly

Posted on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

It’s cost awareness that prompted President Obama’s health care plan.  It’s cost awareness that prompted his supporters to support his plan.  And, it’s cost awareness that prompts his detractors to scream and howl.

I must admit that the dollar signs and costs of the health care plan has caused me to glaze over.  I also glaze over when:

– A baseball player, even one as good as Ryan Howard, needs $125 million dollars to play a game he loves.

– I cannot grasp the benefit of searching for Noah’s Ark

– I cannot grasp the complexity of the debt problems in Greece

Other costs make sense to me:

– I can find a bargain on Craigslist.

– I can download the coupons offered by the Coupon Mom

– And, I cannot wait to use my Frankie’s To Go gift certificates.

Maybe you like the health care plan, or not. Maybe you grasp global economics or the value of frugality.

My question for me, and my question for each of you: Will we pay the price for kindness?

Kindness is costly, but it’s a cost I want to pay.

In my life kindness requires patience: Before answering questions pause and think for a moment, “what would I have done if I were in her or his situation?”

In my life kindness requires perspective: Before responding in a conversation, ask yourself, “how would I feel if I were in her or his situation?”

In my life kindness restrains power: Before you do something ask, “Is this kind? Would I want someone to do this to me?”

In my life kindness requires prayer: Most of us are self-centered.  Pray, “Please God help me to act kindly now.”

God loves you and has chosen you as his own special people. So be gentle, kind, humble, meek, and patient.”  [Colossians 3:12, CEV]  The cost of being unkind — and hypocrisy — is why so many choose not to trust in a God whose followers are unkind.

Kindness is costly, but it’s cost effective.

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