A kindhearted woman gains honor….(Pr 11:16).
I used to think in ministry what kids need most was someone who was a good leader. Someone who could boldly share Jesus with them and rally them around something greater than themselves. Although I do believe that’s still important. I don’t believe it’s the most valuable thing I can focus on in relating with teens.
I believe now what they need more than some great outspoken leader is someone who leads with true, quiet and genuine kindness. Yes, those are the people they are drawn to most. People who are soft, inviting and kind. Now, I’m not sure I’ll ever be a soft and gentle as some people who I’ve met, but I know I want to keep growing to be like them. I want my life to reflect His love in such a way that teens and even adults aren’t drawn to me because of my great upfront leadership, but because of my kindness.
After all, it is God’s kindness that draws us to repentance.
I have a friend like this. She is so soft and gentle, so loving and kind. I trust her because of that. I think when we become people who are kind, we become people who can be more easily trusted.
So friend, if you want to make a true difference in God’s kingdom- be kind. It’s a great first place to start.
Lord, thank you for your kindness. You are so good. I want to be kind like you are kind. Make me more like you each day, I pray, in Jesus name, Amen.