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Spiritual Practice

KINDNESS

Allison Lohr, Katie Lohr & Andy Clapp

Once, my little cousin fell on a splash pad. A stranger saw her crying, made sure she was OK, and carried her to her parents. I never forgot his kindness, which taught me that little things can make a big difference.

Jesus made little things count. Jesus talked with the lowly, ate with people who were considered worthless, and stood up for those who needed help. No one has changed the universe as he did.

As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:12 (NIV)

How do we follow Jesus’ example? We encourage the discouraged and speak up for the bullied. We eat with the friendless, help a child feel important, assist with a chore, send a positive text, remind family members that they matter. Little things count. Our acts of kindness change the world.

—Allison, 18, and Katie Lohr

 

REFLECT ON MATTHEW 10:42: Jesus says that giving someone a cup of cold water is a big deal. He means that when we do things in his name—even simple things—we can change the world. Let’s start today by giving someone a cup of cold water, praying for the lost, making a sandwich for someone who is hungry, or listening to someone who needs to talk. Simple acts of kindness make the world a better place.

—Andy Clapp

—from devozine (January/February 2016). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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