“Our Father is kind; you be kind.” Luke 6:36
[Jesus said] “Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them!” (vs. 31). That means we need to stop just thinking about ourselves. He continues, “If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity”? (vs. 34)
All winter (that means when the temperature falls below 70 degrees), I make soup. Lots of soup. All kinds of soup, except for ones that are creamy. We eat soup for a couple of days, and whatever is left, I freeze in small containers. It gives me pleasure to take soup to my friends, neighbors, or anyone who might need a boost. These people are capable of opening a can of soup and heating it for lunch. But canned soup doesn’t come with good wishes and prayers that go into the soup while I chop, slice, dice, stir, and do a taste test.
Jesus showed acts of kindness throughout his ministry. He expected nothing in return. I expect nothing in return when I give away soup (not even a charitable deduction on my taxes). However, I am grateful when I receive the empty container back, so I can freeze more soup. And, if anyone wants to bring me a bowl of soup, I’d be graciously receive it–and the recipe!
Kind God, help us live by your example and seek ways to be kind. Amen.