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Salt & Light

Happy World Kindness Day!

Jesus tells us to be salt and light.

He says in Matthew 5, “You are the salt of the earth, but what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled under foot as worthless. You are the light of the world, like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead a lamp is placed on a stand where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your Heavenly Father.”

Salt was used for the preservation and flavoring of food. Salt helped society. The same is true for light. It had its obvious implications of illuminating the darkness, providing safety, and offering heat. Society would be in a worse place if not for salt and light.

It seems Jesus’ point is clear. Christians are to be salt and light; we are to improve society by being the true hands and feet of the Lord.

Annually, World Kindness Day is celebrated November 13. It is a day designed to unite humanity through kindness. I believe the challenge for Christians is to extend kindness beyond one day a year to every day. Are we truly the salt and light of the world? How well do we model Jesus’ behavior?

  • Jesus treated others the way he wanted to be treated.
  • Jesus loved and prayed for his enemies.
  • Jesus was compassionate. He empathized with those who were hurting.
  • Jesus always offered an encouraging word.
  • Jesus was gracious. He did not throw mistakes in a person’s face, but offered grace to the person.

Be salt and light!

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Devastating Words

Gossip causes more trouble than we realize.

Four priests got together for a friendly conversation. One of them said, “People come to us confessing many things, and confession is good for the soul. While we are together, we should take some time to confess to one another.”

The others were reluctant for a few minutes, but came around to the idea confession time would be good. The priest who had the idea started the confessing. He enjoyed going to movies, and he would frequently sneak away from church to go to the movies.

The second confessed to smoking cigars, and the third confessed to playing cards. When it was the fourth priest’s turn, he remained silent. The others pressed him until he opened up.

“Mine is gossip, and I cannot hardly wait to get out of here,” he said.

Gossip causes much difficulty. It can create strife in families, friends, and on the job. It can bring good people down and rise up fools. Sharp tongues can erode one’s confidence and ruin reputations in a matter of minutes. Gossip has the power to cause much devastation.

While you and I cannot control our neighbor’s tongue, we can control our own. If we do not repeat gossip, we will not be spreading the wildfire it lights. If we do not intently listen to gossip, perhaps the conversation will be changed. Without our participation, the devastation caused by gossip may not be as severe.

Proverbs 26:20-21 says, “Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops. A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.”

During World War II, the American government became concerned enemy spies were passing along information about the location of troops and ships. The military adopted the slogan, “Loose lips sink ships.”

Gossip can cause much devastation, but kind words can build others up and minimize the damage. Say something kind today.

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Always Stay Humble and Kind

A reminder to display humility and kindness.

Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw is a song that grabs you by the heart and reminds you it is best to live a lifestyle of humility and kindness.

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The chorus reminds us to always be humble and kind. You and I have goals to achieve, dreams to realize, and purposes to fulfill. This takes a great deal of work on our part, but when the goal is achieved, dream realized, and purpose fulfilled, we need to remember to stay humble and kind. We may have worked hard, but without the Lord’s help, we would not be successful.

The song also reminds us a grudge can weigh us down. It’s hard, but we should work to forgive and not hold a grudge. Always be humble and kind.

The song gives us a challenge for which to strive. A lifestyle of humility and kindness is the best way to live.