The Kindness Challenge

A few years ago, our pastor in Missouri gave a sermon on biblically radical living. He said that nothing we could do as Christians could be more radical than this single expression of faith, a relatively simple concept, a notion that we have heard since we were children.

“I’ve learned the most radical thing I can do is to be kind.”

Is it really that simple?

Looking at the life, works, and miracles of Jesus, yes, I really think it is.

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.”

Nothing. What a powerful, perfect word.

Maybe kindness is pretty radical after all.

Kindness is radical living.

It is going the distance with people
giving hope to someone who is difficult
having manners
not bringing up others wrongs
not keeping score
promoting others
putting others first
being patient when it’s really really hard
forgiving others when it’s even harder

Kindness is
patient
happy with what it has
humble
slow to anger

Kindness delights in truth

Kindness always trusts
hopes
survives

So this is where we begin. The Fancy Little Things Kindness Challenge.

Each month, on the third Saturday, I will be posting a new kindness challenge — ways that we can reflect on kindness, to brainstorm creative ways to show kindness, and to get excited about living a radically kind life for others and for the Lord.

This week I’d love for you to reflect on 1 Corinthians 13. How do those words shape your perspective of others? Of yourself? Of the radical life you want to lead? Come back next month and share with us your thoughts and get another challenge!

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