Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Be Kind


I'm on the JV Team.  I'm second string.  I willingly gave up that star position the day I became a grandparent...well...actually the day my children married.  My input has changed greatly from the person doing the child-rearing to being a consultant on retainer.

So...now...I happily cheer on my children and their spouses as they are "in the trenches" training future responsible members of society. 

There are many lessons to be taught: honesty, obedience, purity, respect--just to name a few.

Our son, daughter-in-law along with three of our ten grandchildren have been staying with us for three months.  Soon they will be returning to a place far away to serve the Lord.  But for now, we love having them in our home.  This gives me a front row seat to see wonderful parenting in action.

Which brings me to my daughter-in-law.  Our daughter-in-law has sonar hearing.  The other day she spoke in a controlled tone from the upstairs bedroom to the family room in the lower level these words, "Be Kind."  She was speaking to her two oldest children ages 7 and 5.    They were headed in a direction she knew was not productive.  

Be Kind...two very powerful words yet simplistic.  

These two words are so powerful that many Christian books are fully dedicated to them.  Some of these books wholly focus on all the "Be's" of the Bible. 

Here's a few Be's:
  • Be strong and courageous.
  • Be merciful
  • Be on your guard
  • Be devoted to one another
  • Be joyful
  • Be patient
  • Be thankful.
  • Be wise
  • Be self-controlled.
  • Be hospitable.
  • Be obedient.
  • Be content with what you have.
  • Be Kind
In Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV) it says to get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 

Yup...Be Kind...when I heard these words spoken as a loving reminder to my grandchildren--they resonated in my own heart.  I too need to be reminded of this very thing...Be Kind.  I no longer have a parent instructing me--I am my parent.  

So...today...I'm yelling down the stairs...Be Kind.  I hope I heard me! 

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