Due to being in the month of February, I am continuing on the topic of love. Mainly focusing on the love of God and how we can reflect that to those around us.
One of our dogs is prone to itchy ears. We have drops that we put in his ears at times. However, several weeks ago, we were running low. The vet is forty-five minutes away, and it was nearly five o’clock on the day before Christmas Eve. So our only hope was that the vet would be open the following day. I called the vet to see what their Christmas Eve hours would be. And I also wanted to make sure we could pick up these drops. Our dog wasn’t due for a check up yet, so I thought it should be fine.
I called and a young lady answered. Before putting me on hold, she said she wanted to ask the doctor about it first. Hold music … hold music … hold music. After listening to the hold music for a few minutes, the phone was disconnected. So I called back. This time a young man answered. I explained to him that a young lady had put me on hold and that I got disconnected. He too said he wanted to ask the veterinarian about the ear drops, and he put me on hold. Then pretty much the same thing happened. Hold music … hold music … hold music. Then I was disconnected again. I was now under the assumption that after being on hold for a certain length of time, their system automatically hangs up the line. So I called back a third time. Talked to the same young man. Hold music … hold music … hold music. Disconnected again. I called back a fourth time. The same young man said that he was about to pick up the line when it hung up. He told me I could come in to get the medicine. I thanked him for his help. Then click. The guy hung up on me! No “you’re welcome” and no “good-bye.” So I called back a fifth time. Luckily, it was the same boy that hung up on me. I said in the nicest voice I could muster, “Oh we must’ve gotten disconnected again before we were able to say good-bye. I just wanted to make sure I thanked you for your help.” Yup, I really did that! He kind of stammered a little bit and we ended the conversation peacefully.
I have to be honest though, getting hung up on hurt my feelings. He shouldn’t have hung up on me for so many reasons. (1) I was a customer. (2) He knew the phone system had already disconnected me several times. (3) I didn’t do anything wrong or rude to deserve it. (4) It was Christmas!! Those are just a few reasons why it was wrong. I am sure there are more.
But this made me think about how, as Christians, we should spread the love of God to those around us. And one way we can do that is to be kind. We are showing others the grace and love and mercy of God, through our kindness.
And kindness helps us to feel better. I know when I have been short with someone, I walk away feeling badly. But when I am kind, even if they don’t deserve it, it makes me feel lighter.
When we are kind to others, it stands out in this angry world we live in. I can tell you that this is true from my own experience. There have been numerous occasions when my husband and I have been greeted by an exceptionally pleasant person at the drive-thru (or wherever). And when we part ways, we mention to each other how nice the person was, and how nice it was to deal with them. It doesn’t take a lot to treat others the way Jesus would want us to. When we do, this helps the other people to see a tiny piece of the Lord’s love. Could it be that we might be the only piece of Jesus that some will see? Keeping this thought in mind will help us to be kind more often.
When we are kind, we also remember how kind the Lord has been to us. We don’t deserve His kindness, yet He freely gives it to us. Every day.
I pray that we can keep in mind how kind God has been to us. And I pray we can learn to spread that kindness to those around us, as we reflect the love of the Lord.
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32 ESV
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