I've been thinking about a couple at our church whom I so admire. They are amazing folks with hearts of Jesus! And I've been thinking about them for this kindness post for awhile, so let's go!
Brent and Rene' Lacy. This couple started coming in to my mom's cafe' a few years back, and they were so friendly and open ... and they became regulars. Well, my mom sat and chatted with them as often as she could, and one day, she was bold enough to ask them about where they stood with Jesus. They put their trust in Jesus during that conversation and have been coming to our church faithfully ever since. And wow! What a blessing they have been!
To me, the word kindness goes so much farther than just being nice to someone. Kindness is about putting yourself in the other person's shoes, trying to see where they are coming from and then serving them just where they are, no matter who they are. I guess I think of kindness being a synonym to servanthood. Just my opinion.
Well, Brent and Rene' are servants who exude kindness. Ever since they started coming to our church, they have found countless ways to serve our church family. They pretty much ran the church garden by themselves last year ... I know Richard Smith helped, and forgive me for any others who may have helped ... but I know Brent and Rene' put in a ton of work in the church's backyard last year. Rene' reaches out to families in our church on a weekly basis, helping them take care of chores and projects and anything else they may need. They have helped my parents with projects around their house and at my mom's cafe'. They chip in and help at all kinds of events at Calvary on a regular basis. And I know there are so many other things that they do. And I know for a fact that they do it because they love people, and they love Jesus. That is what kindness is all about: serving others in love. My family and I have been so privileged to get to know them and call them our friends. I am so grateful for their salvation and for the hearts of kindness God has instilled in them. They truly do share kindness wherever they go. And they go a lot of different places because they literally do not eat any meal at home! ;)