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Episode 12 of Kindavangelical just released! The Art and Joy of Civil Conversation

Everyday Opportunity

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile. —Mother Teresa

I met a kid while playing basketball some time ago. He was new, and I noticed him mostly because he was so much younger than the rest of us there. As we were wrapping up the game, he said he wouldn’t be back next week—he had to get the kids to school.

He—a kid—had to get kids to school.

When newlywed, he and his wife decided to take in two teenage kids who were struggling. One had special needs, and the other was having a difficult time. Neither was in an environment that nurtured their growth and health, so this young man and his wife decided to take them in.

“Wow!” I said after he shared how the kids were excelling. “What do you want to do with your life?”

“Well, I love these kids to death. They’re beautiful kids. I want to get these kids through high school, and then I want to go to med school.”

A young man putting dreams on hold because he’s in love with two struggling teens?

That’s evidence of the indwelling Christ. And when you start recognizing this truth—that Christ indwells us—you start seeing the life of Christ in people all around you.

  • They are willing to put dreams aside so they can care for others.
  • They are willing to let go of time and resources so that one more person’s needs might be met.
  • They are willing to let go of the temporal in order to experience Christ.
  • They are heroes—both sung and unsung throughout history.

And yet, we know it’s not really them at all. No, not them, but Christ in them—dancing, serving, and loving others just as He can do through us all.

Jesus, sacrificial love flows through Your veins, allow it to flow through me too. Amen.

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