It’s been said, “You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too late.”
Mark Twain said, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
Our world today is operating with a severe kindness deficit. Everywhere we look it seems we see anger, arguments, hatred, yelling and screaming, protestors and conflict.
Even some Christians have forgotten we are to be characterized by what the Bible calls “the fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22). “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control …” Is it accidental or Providential at the center of the nine things listed in that verse is KINDNESS?
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
A recent story I read illustrates the power of kindness …
David’s family had been farmers in Nebraska for decades, but due to the unfortunate sale to a distant, disinterested relative they lost the 80-acre family farm. For as long as he can remember, David had dreamed of somehow, some way getting the farm back and rebuilding the family business.
One day the farm came up for sale at an auction and David and his dad decided to try to get it back. They had thought of every possible way they could come up with enough money to buy it back, but when they showed up at the auction their hearts sank. 200 farmers had already gathered. When the auctioneer opened the auction for the farm they immediately placed their bid and held their breath.
What happened next is still hard to comprehend.
None of the other farmers placed a bid for the farm. Even though the auctioneer continued to ask, no one responded. No matter what he said or how many times he said it, no one said a word. All the farmers stood there. Silent.
So he announced a break. When they reconvened, three different times, the same thing happened. Not a single farmer bid, enabling the young farmer and his father to win back the family farm.
The auctioneer finally dropped the gavel and announced the farm had been sold … to its original owners. Thanks to the kindness of the other farmers.
That auction took place back in 2011, but it’s still inspiring and blessing people today.
Kindness has a way of doing that.
John Wesley said, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
Inspire someone today with an act of kindness. It won’t cost you a thing, but it might be worth the world to them.
© 2019. Barry L. Cameron
Source: FaithPot. “200 Nebraska Farmers Remain Silent During Auction So A Young Man Can Buy Back His Family Farm: FaithPot.” Inspirational Stories About Faith, Love And Hope, FaithPot, 18 June 2019, www.faithpot.com/nebraska-farmers-helps-young-man-buy-farm/.
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.