From the Principals heart…
If you could choose to be anything…be kind
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
During the weeks of lockdown I have felt very aware of how broken our world is and how many beautiful humans around us will feel very close to giving up many times as we wade through the disastrous effects of this pandemic way after it has left us. Over the past month of getting back into life I have felt the nudge of God on what His love needs to look like on me and on others at this time. Love looks different in different seasons, but it is always consistent with the nature, character, and unconditional faithfulness of Father God.
It has been 4 months of a lockdown that has left an effect on every South African both rich, poor, male, female, black, white, old, and young. The extreme stress and strain of health, finances, relationships, and mental health have not been avoided by a single South African, and unfortunately some more than others. The knock- on effect from a pandemic like this is just at its birthing stages. The rise in depression and anxiety, addiction and even suicide is at an all time high as people try to navigate the needs of today with the uncertainty of tomorrow.
Now more than ever we need to be extra vigilant in how we manage ourselves, as well as the people around us whom we have interaction and influence over within our work and home environments. The plain reality is now more than ever we hold the power to bring hope and love or be the straw that breaks the camels back for those we engage and interact with daily. As many edge dangerously close to the cliff of despair, we need to be aware and not be the one to assist them in that final step. It is in these moments we must dig deeper, love harder and push past our own perceptions to see intentions.
I have been pondering the difference between being “nice” and being “kind”. You never hear someone say the act of niceness, but you always hear people say the act of kindness. As people many times we are nice but not kind, and the call in this season is to really move past nice and become kind.
Kindness takes self-sacrifice, it often means we must be the bigger person in allowing ourselves to extend grace and understanding, where normally our firm responses and boundaries would be healthy and justified. In this time, it is so important to take account of our sphere of influence and be responsible with it. To lay down our right to be right and justified, and just allow someone to have a bad day on us.
In a world spinning with fear, anger, sickness, and uncertainty, let us be people to take the road less travelled. Let us be more aware of the eyes we look into, let us look past the “vibe” given off and press into the possible pain or worry that is on the other side of it. Let us be the gentle eyes they see, the gracious soft response they receive, and the tender actions they feel.
We are being taught in this season to step up and become better at humanity while we wade through this pandemic. To be the change we want to see, the love we want to feel, the kindness we want to live amongst. To extend to others what we would want extended to us.
Let us push past “nice” and get our hands dirty with kindness…
In His love