by Pastor Chris Gribble
This is the dilemma that I face. I know how to be selfish. This seems to be automatic. I know how to see what’s wrong with others. This is obvious. I know words that can make someone feel bad about themselves. These words seem to roll easily off my tongue.But, how to be kinder? This is something I need to consider because it’s not automatic. And, it’s not always easy in every circumstance for kindness to be evident.My job is about looking after our people in Destiny Rescue. Sometimes I am asked to enforce some not so easy things. Like helping someone who isn’t working as they should see ways to improve. Or, when we have to make tough decisions as an organisation and helping to manage that.I have asked myself, “How can you be kind in these situations?”I know what it feels like to not be on the brunt of unkindness in the workplace. It leaves a deep uncertainty about my worth, my identity and even some brokenness in the relationships that I believed were important.My question then is how can I be kinder. I don’t want to take the easy path and be selfish and just let others know what’s wrong about them.I desire to see the goodness in that person, to find what keeps them alive. If they are feeling less than alive to help them discover that spark again. I want to choose my words and tone to find a way to help my conversations reflect conversations with God’s beloved.And the day begins with this challenge … How to be kinder?
Pastor Chris works for Destiny Rescue in a self-funded position. If you would like to support him in his work and also read more blog post like this please contact him on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/chris.gibble