Kindness

Eight Gifts That Do Not Cost A Cent

I don’t know the author’s name who put these eight gifts together but it’s a great list, and it’s worth passing along.

The Gift of Listening…but you must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

The Gift of Affection…be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back, and hand-holds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

The Gift of Laughter…clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”

The Gift of a Written Note…it can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

The Gift of a Compliment…a simple and sincere, “You look great in red,” “You did a super job,” or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.

The Gift of a Favor…everyday, go out of your way to do something kind.

The Gift of Solitude…there are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition…the easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone. Really, it’s not that hard to say, “Hello,” or “Thank you.”

There’s nothing wrong with putting an emphasis on spending when it comes to gifts at this time of the year, as long as the emphasis isn’t on money.

Strive to out give others in a way that causes others to strive to give! EA

I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

(Acts 20:35)

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How Do Our Words Taste?

Some have said that nearly 6,500 human languages exist! How many of those languages do you think has words that are kind? How many of those languages do you think has words that are hurtful? Probably about 6,500 of them, huh?

Knowing how to talk and knowing how we should talk are two different things aren’t they? Since the day God gave humanity the ability to speak different languages humanity has been using all the different words we know to do two things – help or hurt. “There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.” (Proverbs 12:18)

How would our words taste if we had to eat them? I believe James hints at this idea in James 3:7-12 when he said…

For every sort of beast and bird and every living thing on earth and in the sea has been controlled by man and is under his authority; But the tongue may not be controlled by man; it is an unresting evil, it is full of the poison of death. With it we give praise to our Lord and Father; and with it we put a curse on men who are made in God’s image. Out of the same mouth comes blessing and cursing. My brothers, it is not right for these things to be so. Does the fountain send from the same outlet sweet and bitter water? Is a fig-tree able to give us olives, my brothers, or do we get figs from a vine, or sweet water from the salt sea?” (BBE)

I want to quickly focus on verse 11 (the highlighted scripture) and what we can learn from it. (more…)

“Smart Mouth”

Anyone that is fascinated with nature is sure to believe that the Venus Fly Trap is one of the neatest plants to be found, and boy does this plant have one smart mouth!  God provided these plants with mouths that have little sensitive hairs inside of them.  These hairs cause the mouth of the plant to shut up tight when they are agitated in less than a second!  This plant’s mouth works exactly like God wanted it to.  There are a couple of lessons that we can learn from this plant.

First, we, unlike the plant don’t always use our mouths the way God intended for us to do.  We often say things that we shouldn’t.  The Holy Spirit, through James, says concerning the tongue, “With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.”  And also, “Does a spring bring forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?” (James 3: 9,11)

Sometimes the meanest things done are not things that are done at all, but instead are things that are said. It’s amazing how a body made up of about 206 bones can be controlled by something without a single one in it. (James 3:2-5)  Often the best of friendships and even marriages are ruined because of this sad fact.

The second and most useful thing that we can learn from God’s little creation is that when we become agitated we need to shut up our mouth tight.  Easier said than done isn’t it?  But none-the-less, it is something that we must learn to do.  Most especially I, as a person that used to speak my mind no matter the place or time, have had to wrestle with this.  Now as a Christian I must remember that Jesus said that I will have to answer “for every idle word spoken.” (Matthew 12:36)  When you think about that it can be a scary thought because an active mouth can shoot out a lot of idle words! Many of those “idle” words spoken in anger will have a loud echo on the Day of Judgment.  We will be a lot better off when we learn to keep our mouth shut until we can calm down.

The apostle Peter urges Christians to be like Jesus when he said, “that you should follow His steps…who, when reviled did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten….” (1st Peter 2: 21,23)

If you think that’s not a challenge then you’re stronger than I am, but it really is all up to me to decide just what kind of “smart mouth” I’m going to have. EA