“Love is patient, love is kind.”
-1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV
Allow me to stop right there. Imagine a world in which patience and kindness were the standard. Not a world where everyone is constantly looking for a reason to be triggered and offended. Not a world where everyone thinks their needs are the most important, but a world where patience and kindness were practiced by everyone. Every. Single. Day. Sounds impossible, right? You’re right, it is. Every single human on the planet is a sinner so we’re not capable of being loving and patient every minute of every day. What we do have is a God who loves and forgives, and whose love and forgiveness motivate us to be patient and kind toward others just as the Creator of the universe has been patient and kind with us. The whole world will never be patient and kind, but you can be. You want to be a rebel? Then rebel from the norm by being patient with others. Patient with the “older” person driving 55 in a 55 zone. Be patient with the employee who got your order wrong. (You really think they did it maliciously? See a therapist.) Be patient with your kids, with your spouse, with everyone. Be a rebel, relax and be patient! (Yeah, I told you to relax.) (And yeah, I’m using a lot of parentheses in this devotion.) You want to stand out from the crowd? Be kind! Be kind to the coworker who has a chip on their shoulder and is always trying to prove they’re better than you. Do something nice to the kid at school that nobody else will talk to. Go online and sincerely compliment someone with whom you disagree on the border wall issue. Get it? We can’t change the world, but we can have an impact in our little corner of the world. 3-2-1, go!