Try a Little Kindness

Oct. 29, 2020

Scripture Readings

Almost everybody loves a good love story. I’ve endured many over the years that have left me with two common reactions. One: “How can I keep Joyce from knowing that I’m actually crying at the end?”  Or two: “Well, that’s two hours of my life I’ll never get back.”

In many ways, the story of Onesimus and Philemon is truly a love story, and yes, occasionally it does bring tears to my eyes!

The letter begins with a tender request from Paul to Philemon to welcome his runaway slave, Onesimus, back home even though he has deserted him. For whatever reason, Onesimus had run away from Philemon but miraculously, ran straight into the life-changing grace of God. His life was changed and now was his time to bear fruit in keeping with repentance. Paul sends Onesimus home with a letter for Philemon. It’s a beautiful story of redemption. He ends the letter with an expectation that Philemon will indeed welcome Onesimus home and indirectly, refresh his heart.  

I love that concept: that we can have a refreshing influence in another’s life. To use language I occasionally use in church, “are we a fountain or a drain?” Do we refresh others or do we suck the air out of a room when we enter it? What does your relational resume look like these days? In a COVID world, we have to be extra intentional to bring joy and life to others. It’s hard to stay connected but it’s never been more important than now. Are we givers or takers?  Do we add value to other’s lives or we look to get something from them?

Just as God’s love towards us never fails, (Lamentations 3:22) may our love towards others never fail as we extend the love so freely given to us to those who God brings across our paths.  

The Lord indeed is good to those who hope in Him, trust in him and wait patiently for him. And that love received is always intended to be extended to others. Great things happen in and through our lives when we intentionally extend kindness to others. It will be our focus in church this weekend! May it be our focus each and every day of our lives.  Who needs the kind of refreshment that only you can offer to others today?  

Make a call. Send a note. Try a little kindness.

Ian Trigg

one whose life has been so deeply influenced by intentional acts of kindness from others.