One Small Act Of Kindness

The emergence of COVID-19 brought so many challenges to our world. The shortage of some food supplies was especially difficult on those with special needs. Crystal MacDonald was one of those parents who experienced a hard time finding the specific food she needed. Crystal’s daughter, Ashlyn, has severe, non-verbal autism. Ashlyn has very specific taste in foods. She only eats SpaghettiOs with Meatballs. Before the arrival of COVID-19, this was something Crystal could manage, but when the stores had difficult times re-stocking their shelves, Ashlyn and Crystal really struggled…

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Obedient To God

The Bible is filled with stories of ordinary people who bless others through their faithful service to God. Because these special people were willing to say “yes” when God called, lives were changed, and the world was changed for the better. One of my favorite, faithful followers of Jesus is Ananias.

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Philippians 2:1-5

“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,”
– Philippians 2:1-5

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1 Thessalonians 5:15-18

“See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

– 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18

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Look For The Opportunities

Our opportunity to bless others is often right in front of us. Deborah Hausladen of Malvern, Pennsylvania, was not looking for an opportunity to start a ministry that blessed our soldiers around the world, but when she took a phone call from her son, who was deployed with the United States Army in Afghanistan, Deborah knew that she needed to do a little work to help…

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Blessing Through Kindness

I must admit, my first hope for a career was to be a garbage man. When I was a child, I was so excited each time the garbage truck came down the street. I thought it was so cool watching the men holding on while riding behind the truck.  That is why I loved the news about 3-year-old Wolfgang Reader who celebrated his birthday with a garbage truck parade…

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Artistically Love One Another

I was doing laundry the other night and as I was folding my daughter’s t-shirt, I read the quote on the front.  It read, “There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people,” by Vincent Van Gogh.  As I sat there and pondered the quote… I couldn’t help but think about the many different people in my life.  We all have those people in our lives who are much easier to love than others…

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Other’s Perspective

There are people in life, even those we may love dearly or live with closely, who we sometimes find ourselves “at odds” with at any particular moment or situation.  There are many other people in our life who we most definitely find ourselves “at odds” with over a particular issue or opinion.  We have been reminded (and continually need to be reminded!) throughout this year that these moments, issues, or people are no exception to our commandment from Jesus to “love one another”.  

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Embrace Our Differences

My first college class on politics was with Dr. Phillip Simpson. On one of our first days of class, Dr. Simpson asked if anyone in our class identified with a particular political party. Not really hesitating, I raised my hand. I quickly realized I was the only one in the class with my hand raised. I doubt I was the only one who thought that way, but I was the only one crazy enough to raise my hand. Dr. Simpson looked at me with a bit of surprise on his face. He said, “Let’s see if you really believe this.” He began to quiz me, right in front of my classmates…

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1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

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