For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption, by which we cry, "Abba!" The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.
~ Romans 8: 14-16
"You know, kindness doesn't cost a thing."
My conversation with an 88-year-old man who has lived a life, that he admits, has been filled with the idea that you can be, "kind to all people," made me stop and realize the wisdom in his words. As he continued he shared, "It doesn't matter how old you are, what the color of your skin is, what kind of work you do, or how healthy you are. You can always be kind to others."
He remarked that this wisdom has not always been welcomed. "Now don't get me wrong, some people I have met have really challenged this!"
But as he continued to share, I felt his kindness, and it made me simply want to listen to his words and to be better about extending kindness to others.
There are those people that you meet that leave you feeling better about yourself. He has been one of those people.
I am reminded that we are called to be instruments of Christ in the world. Why can we not also be instruments of kindness as well?
Like the Spirit of God, kindness is simply something that we cannot live without. Among the many gifts provided to us by God, including, love, forgiveness, goodness, gentleness, peace and joy, kindness is, and always will be, an essential doorway to all of these things.
May we be kind to one another.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.