This came in my email today. For some reason I feel compelled to share it. Or at least store it on this blog:
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. (Luke 6:35 NIV)
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Galatians 6:9-10 ESV
"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith."
See it at YouVersion.com:
Many times I am guilty of this. That is, growing weary of being kind. I sometimes wonder if I don't let out a little bit the old ass of a self then I fear I might implode completely. But then after a little steam is released (and perhaps a little guilt too) I begin to look at what doing good things does for making my day a little better. And I am reminded by what Ben Franklin said in that you do well by doing good. And so I push myself to embrace the steam building up in me and used the energy to do something good. And do it well.
"The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems."
In the wise words of Mahatma Gandhi, "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world -- that is the myth of the atomic age -- as in being able to remake ourselves."
In this article, the Positivity Blog's, Henrik Edberg, addresses Gandhi's top ten fundamentals for changing the world.
Dr. Martin Luther King wrote a beautiful sermon on Paul's letter to the Romans regarding their spiritual transformation. For all you brainiacs whose minds need a little push in the right direction:
Thank you Thao Phi for her enlighting observations and wonderful post:
"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." Lao Tzu
While these are great words to live by, I would also add the kindness we receive and the way we receive it creates a bond of I breakable kindness.
As we give kindness to strangers, let us not forget to receive kindness in return. It might be their kindness that triggers yours. Such willingness allows for growing our confidence, profoundness, and love.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”