Over the past two weeks, I’ve had several people thank me for something that was in the Pastor’s Pen. Something I had written, they said, touched them in a way they needed on that particular day. Of course, I had no way of knowing my words would be meaningful at all or anything other than the run-of-the-mill church newsletter article.
It struck me: the Holy Spirit had a plan for those words. Never underestimate what God can do with a simple kind word.
I began to reflect on something that happened a few weeks ago. I was having a challenging morning and decided to treat myself to lunch. Inside the restaurant I happened upon a church member who had a kind word and handshake for me. When I finished my meal the hostess informed me that my bill had been paid. Now I can’t prove it, but I’m all but certain that my brother in Christ paid for my lunch as a way to encourage me.
Never underestimate the value and power of words. Never underestimate the value and power of a simple act of kindness.
My how the world needs more of this! The feedback from my recent articles and my experience of someone blessing me has led to reflection on how I can be more intentional in sharing kindness with others.
What would it mean to the police officer if I anonymously paid for his lunch? Would the lady in the drive-thru window benefit from a word of kindness today? Can I commit to doing one act of kindness per day, in word or deed, for someone I don’t know?
Not a bad idea. Indeed, it’s a beautiful and powerful idea given to me by my community of faith.