” As she entered the house, she hesitated for a moment, ashamed of herself, as eyes gazed upon her, and people spoke under their breath as she walked through the dining area.~ Then her eyes found Jesus, and she dashed to him as quickly as she could, falling to her knees, and her face to the floor. She picked herself up, and started kissing each foot from Jesus’s ankles to His toes. She realized as she kissed him that she had saturated them by her tears. She gently brushed over his feet with her hair, and wiped the skin dry. Then she reached for her perfume, and she poured the entire bottle all over His feet, and held out her hand to make sure not a drop fell to the floor. She was able to calm herself down, then someone she realized had placed a hand on her shoulder and she looked up, and she immediately saw the face of Jesus smiling down over her. Suddenly, someone spoke the truth of who she was, and she was startled and started to back away, but Jesus grabbed ahold of her hand, and brought her close to him. She was in such awe of Him. She had heard of Him, but never realized how powerful and amazing He was, and surley never believed that a person such as she, could even be within his very sight! Her days were filled with such torment, and she had no dignity left within her, but something about Jesus, made her feel welcome. As he spoke to the other men, He wiped the tears from her eyes, and as he told her that she was forgiven of her sin, she could actually feel her entire past of suffering fade away. She stood up and embraced him, kissed him on the cheek,gathered her things, and left the room with a new spirit within her. “
Good day everyone:)
First of all, I am apologizing to Mandy here, because she wanted this to be at a considerable length…but the thing is, a particular topic such as this must be wordy..I need to live in a world where I can be wordy Mandy:)
With that said…
I thought long and hard about the do’s and the should do’s…that are apart of my thought process.
And the picture that I felt strongly should be painted into our culture would be how to avoid just being kind.
Its easy to smile, or say hello to someone…its easy to send a card to let someone know you thought about them, or prayed for them…its easy to call someone and invite them somewhere…its easy to serve with your church at a place…its easy to pray with someone…its easy to send over dinner to someone who needs it…its easy to give money to the poor…its easy to __________ fill in the blank.
But if you think about it, all of these things although showing kindness, still lack selflesness.
Because most of the time, we will do these things at our conveinance.
We do these things well within our comfort zone.
Think about the people that were in the dining area with Jesus. The woman was carrying a lot of baggage, and was ashamed to enter the room. She was so ashamed she was afraid to meet Jesus, because of what she knew people thought of her.
She knew she was being judged.
We need to be people that go beyond being kind, and meet people more than half way. We need to be people that aren’t afraid for the challenge to find a common ground with others.
And the story of who the woman was or what she did in ministry after meeting Jesus is debatable…but think about how it would have been if someone other than Jesus came to her and wiped the tears from her eyes.
The verse in Matthew 5:16
“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
paints this picture, and although an obvious verse, let me just tell you that when you show by your actions that you love God’s people…People get to know you from a distance, and you won’t even realize it.
I have an example.
I was at church years ago, and during the message I heard someone coughing horribly. a couple minutes went by, and she was still coughing.
I got up from my chair, and I went to the back to pour some water in a cup from the fountain.
Through the dimmed room and following the sound of cough like breadcrumbs, I handed her the water. And walked back to my seat.
I could have continued to listen to the message, and sat in the nice comfy chair, but I remember actually being almost upset, because no one would help her.
Weeks later, I was talking to a friend who I was getting to know from the Praise team. She told me in conversation that the first time she ever saw me was when I brought the woman water. She never had come up to me before and wanted to know me.
Being kind. Is expected.
Giving it, often gets neglected.
Sometimes kindness if the only way people can communicate.
I mean the person on the other end may not ever have had anyone come up to them, and they may not even seem like they appreciate you, because they may not say or act that way…but I promise you, they do appreciate it.
And the more you do something, or say something, the more you will become closer to getting to know them…
At some point they will realize you are safe to open up to.
I have experienced that. And I will continue to do just that, because everyone is worth knowing.
Even from a distance.
So I leave you with this thought…When was the last time you went beyond the surface of kindness, and really saw the results of it later?