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  • Writer's pictureGracie Berney

Life

Updated: Sep 6, 2020

Life is short. Take the time today to say how you truly feel. Try to encourage, uplift and inspire someone, for you never know what they may be secretly going through.

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Less than 24 hours ago, a lot of us heard the sad news of the passing of the actor Chadwick Boseman. While it was a surprise to most of us, it turns out that the actor was first diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer four years ago. 


What I found inspiring about him is that he was dealing with this personal crisis while still doing his job with grace and strength. Even though his personal life was painful, most of his colleagues have mentioned that he was one of the kindest people you’d ever meet.

In light of this news, I just wanted to pen my thoughts in this short post I’ve simply titled Life.


Growing up in a Christian home, I’d say my life was sheltered. I saw the world through a limited view and from that view, life was different from what I know it to be now. 


In my new reality, there are a lot of pain and suffering in the world and people seem to be so unkind. Perhaps, you’re currently doing well; but the truth is that you don’t have to look too far to find someone with a need. The question though is: are you looking? And what will you do to help with that need?

In current times, kindness seems to be a virtue that is rarely seen. But as a Christian, it is one that we have been asked by the Lord, to desire. 


Ephesians 4:32 states: “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. 


It wasn't a gently suggestion, it was a requirement - be ye kind. Its as simple as that. How often a lot of us forget that there are so many people around us in need of our kindness.


Jesus Christ came to this earth to die for mankind because of kindness. Then He proceeds to be tender hearted towards us even when we continue to mess up. He is still willing to forgive us of our sins when we ask His forgiveness.


This week take a look around you and see who you can become a blessing to.


In the verse above, we’re asked to be kind, tender hearted and forgive one another. Imagine if we all lived liked that. The world will have no more fights, gossip, racism, murder, hatred, envy, jealousy, strife...


Back to the news of the actor who passed away, I read that he was a Christian who believed in Jesus which would explain why he was kind. 


If I can ask: will people say the same about you if you were gone today? Lord knows there have been times I’ve struggled with kindness and or forgiveness especially to people who have wronged me. But I realize that as a true Christian this is a trait I need and so I’m constantly asking the Lord for this.


The bottom line is that we can all do better as Christians. Life is not just about us, sometimes we may have to step out of our comfort zones, look beyond our own problems, in order to see someone in need or to be able to lend a helping hand.


Conclusion

Life is short. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow. All we truly have is today, so make the most of it. Spread love and kindness. However, true kindness is only found in Christ; and is needed to go through life.


Remember kindness is the antidote to the hate crisis in our world.

Stay blessed!

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