To this day I still remember a time that I had gone to visit my parents. Dad was still pastoring and had to make a pastoral call and I volunteered to go with him. As I slide into the passenger side I noticed a label that dad had made and placed on his dashboard; it read: “Be kind.”
When I made a comment about it dad replied, “Son, I have learned that one of the most important things I can do each day is to be kind to the people I meet; it paves the way for everything else I need to do.” Then he told me that he had put that label on his dashboard as a constant reminder. That label stayed on his dashboard as long as he kept his car (and as you know, we Kemps keep our cars a long time) and that label has been imprinted on my heart ever since.
I wish I could say that I’m batting 1.000 with this effort but I can assure you that experience has truly taught me that being kind does indeed pave the way for all else. So the one thing of the day that I’d like you to focus on (for the rest of your life) is: “Be kind.”
Whatever the effect on others, it will sure make you a much better person; I’ve witnessed that truth over these many years as I’ve seen it lived out in my dear kind and sweet dad. I pray that that will be our children’s testimony of us someday.
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Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV)
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.