Raising three boys all under the age of 12 can be a handful. They live for the moment, not thinking about tomorrow or the last five minutes. As such, they leave things thrown about everywhere. Items such as clothes, utensils, toys, etc.
My wife continuously picks up after them because she says it’s easier. It seems that even after what seems like endless requests for them to pick up after themselves, the messages still don’t sink in. More than a few times, I’ve stopped her and told her they need to learn responsibility.
Today, however, I was convicted. After studying kindness during my daily devotional, I realized my wife does these things not so much because it’s “easier” but because her mother did the same for her. Even now, her mother makes kind gestures for her and us, whether it’s surprise meals, activity for the kids, or any other number of similar acts of kindness.
Although I still believe in teaching them responsibility and have faith, they will eventually “get it,” I must also make room for kindness. Scripture tells us kindness is not about someone deserving it, but rather, it’s an outward expression of an inward condition.
When we genuinely believe God forgives us and loves us unconditionally, we can then ask the Spirit to take the bitterness away and to make us kind. This faith will then initiate a fruit of kindness we can share with others.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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