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We live in a busy world. People with “Me First” bumper stickers cut us off in traffic. Others take credit for our ideas at work. Many have all but eliminated “Please” and “Thank You” from their vocabulary.

And what about us? To keep up with the world we’re often lured to live a similar life. But the spirit of kindness can be crushed under the weight of a busy schedule. It can contradict our commitments to living a life reflective of Christ.

How do you get home faster? You cut someone off in traffic.

How do you avoid pan handlers? You don’t respond and refuse to make eye contact.

How do you keep from getting trapped into a conversation with your cranky coworker? You make excuses to dodge a lunch date with her.

But to be true to God and our values, we have to pause often and commit daily to a spirit of kindness.

Luke 6:35 says “Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”

Put Into Practice

How do we put this into practice?

Some set the alarm clock early to seek Christ at the beginning of a busy day. Others take their lunch breaks in a nearby park where they find birds, flowers or the shade of a tree to reflect His handiwork. Perhaps there are others who find an organization to volunteer at to help serve the underprivileged.

Whatever the strategy, it should serve to help us see others through the eyes of Christ, no matter how dirty or discouraging. It should be a catalyst and inspiration to choose kindness.

When you feel the urge to get ahead on the highway, leave space for that lone car. Choose kindness.

Smile and say hello to the pan handler. If it’s appropriate, tell them about the organization that you volunteer at that can help them out with a meal, a shower and warm bed. Choose kindness.

When your negative co-worker is in an extra foul mood, lock in your empathy towards her struggles; perhaps she has a new baby at home, financial problems, or marital strife. When you’re at the vending machine, buy her favorite snack and write an encouraging note. Choose kindness.

A good life in a busy world isn’t about getting ahead. A good life includes helping someone that can never pay you back. It means that no matter how busy this life is, we can choose to look into another’s eyes and choose kindness.

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