At the end of a cross-state road trip, I stopped at a red light behind a tractor-trailer. The truck had clearly seen more miles than my car that day, as road grime covered the exterior. Someone was unable to resist the urge to finger-write across the dirty surface, leaving a message for all to read. Just two simple words appeared in a childish scrawl: “Be Kind.”
At the risk of confessing my age, my thoughts launched back to the late ‘80s and that great admonition from the now defunct Blockbuster video store: “Be Kind—Rewind!”
Long before DVD’s, Netflix or Hulu, the Blockbuster chain had VHS cassettes available to rent for home viewing. Customers were asked to rewind tapes after watching so the next renter wouldn’t have to. No real incentive existed for the customers to do this before slipping them in the return slot. The store mostly relied on the good graces of its customers. What a concept!
Staring at the message on the truck, I thought Apostle Paul would have finished the thought this way: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32 NKJV).
As we start 2020, what if we resolved to have a “blockbuster” year and focus on these steps to immerse our daily lives with a more profound Christian kindness?
Be Kind to Myself
We are harder on ourselves than on anyone else. Knowing that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” gets buried in daily frustrations, mini-failures and discouraging self-talk. It is time to rewind your tape to the beginning and speak kindness to your own heart. Read God’s promises of love, and remember yesterday is gone; God’s mercies are new and different each day!
Be Kind to Loved Ones
Those closest to you are familiar and comfortable, and so may become recipients of our most unkind interactions. With every conversation, heed Paul’s advice in Colossians 4:6 and “…let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how to answer each one.”
Be Kind to an Unkind World
An epidemic of negative rhetoric plagues our culture. In the heat of argument and passion, kindness has taken a back seat. We must practice this principle: people can disagree, yet still show kindness and respect. It is what we teach our children, and it is what we should live ourselves.
This year is a whole new tape, rewound to the beginning! Make it a ‘blockbuster’ year of kindness.
Meet… Margy Barber!!
Margy serves on staff at Stuart Heights as Music Associate, where she is seen either at the piano or leading the children and youth in choral music. She operates her private piano studio in her home with over 30 students. Margy and her husband, David, have one daughter in high school, two adult daughters, one son-in-law, and will joyfully welcome their first grandchild this March.