Remember the old movie rental VHS tapes? Somewhere on the tape cassette was a sticker that said, “Be kind. Rewind.” I guess it was the movie renters attempt to motivate the rentee to return it ready to be played by the next customer.

But hold on a minute. There are lots of ways to show kindness. And most of them don’t have anything to do with renting a movie. Can you think of any?  Acts of kindness can be a powerful tool to communicate love and acceptance to another weary soul. It may be one of the best ways to say, “I love you. You matter. You can do this. I believe in you.”

Over the next few months, you and I are going to be challenged to give away some kindness and share our story to encourage others to do the same. “The Summer of Kindness” is coming to Life 101.9. Watch for it! Hopefully, we can set off a chain reaction of goodwill that will touch thousands of people.

But here’s a thought worth considering.

I don’t know about you but I want to reach higher in my attempts to dole out kindness. One thought that’s been rolling around in my mind is this. It’s actually pretty easy to be kind to someone who returns it.

But what about someone who doesn’t?

Lately, I’ve been challenged by the words of Jesus in his admonishment to love our enemies. In Matthew 5, it is written, “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?”

There is nothing wrong with being kind to those who are kind to you, of course. It’s a good place to start, but show me someone who can be kind to someone who is only mean to them and I’ll show you someone who deserves to get the lead role in “Beauty and the Beast.”

For let’s never forget, it’s his kindness that leads us to repentance. Romans 2:4

Something to think about.

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