Students Vow to Also Demonstrate Larger Amounts of Patience
STATE COLLEGE, PA — “Please go ahead of me.” “Do you need some help?” “I’ll get that for you.” These were a few of the things which could be heard at the mid-point of this year’s Vacation Bible School. Students discussed the spiritual fruits of patience and kindness and how they can put these into action. Local residents have been put on alert for HTOC kids who are “really nice.”
Can Kindness Really Be Random?
Kindness is love in action with velvet gloves on and it involves time and energy and interest on our part in others. Now kindness can be expensive as it can involve us in that which may be inconvenient for us. It really is an attitude of thoughtfulness and helpfulness that enables us to render gentle service to others in their time of need.
There was a phenomenon started several years and it is now a full fledged foundation about performing random acts of kindness. The wonderful things which are suggested by the group (see below) are terrific but it is really us working with the Holy Spirit that makes them happen and God is not “random.” He is consistent and deliberate and with our cooperation and His guidance so shall we bo also.
If you need some kindness ideas why not try some of these:
- Hold the door open for someone
- Pay the toll for the car behind you
- Clean graffiti
- Give your dessert to a friend at lunch
- Send a “thank you” note to a policeman or a firefighter
- Light a candle in church for someone who is sick
- Eat lunch with someone new at school or work
- Help someone move
- Pick up garbage you see on the ground
Patience: Who Has the Time for It?
Patience is that gracious trait of being able to keep on keeping on, bearing the load of responsibility and difficulty. But sometimes we become just the opposite — we do not have the disposition to stay with the task until it is completed. The Holy Spirit enables us to endure until we have finished the work that we were put here to do. It’s really all about accepting a difficult situation without demanding a deadline to remove it.
Everyone Can Be Bilingual
Mark Twain wrote, “Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can read.” Why not try out your language skills today?!
FPO — For Parents Only
Children should be taught that before any work, to ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This is usually done by reciting the customary prayer: “O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere and fillest all things; Treasury of Blessings, and Giver of Life, come and abide in us, and cleanse us from every impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.”