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What You Can Accomplish with a Little Kindness

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:1-2.) When has a small act of kindness meant … Continue reading

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Political arguments are weaker than personal love

[Updated from the archives for this post election season.] I don’t think an argument has ever changed my heart. Sure arguments might change minds, but only love changes hearts. In fact, I think most people would rather be encouraged than … Continue reading

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Be Gentle and Kind, Not Clever

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. (Philippians 4:5.) I need to remember that. Especially in this season, I need to remember. ***

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The Cost of Kindness

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How To Win Every Social Media Argument Ever

[A post on internet kindness, updated from the archives.] Some on social media appear to think that any disagreement must be met with repeated efforts to convince the other person they’re wrong. And when I say repeated, I mean re-pea-ted. … Continue reading

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Everyone Has a Choice: fear and love

Don’t Give In to Those Who Motivate by Fear Fear of the other, fear of those not like us, fear of the strange and unfamiliar – these can be strong motivators when wielded by people with an agenda. Don’t follow … Continue reading

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The Problem with Giving Bullies a Taste of Their Own Medicine

Social media is once again filled with a video of a parent humiliating a child as a way of convincing the child not to humiliate others. This time it’s a mother shaving her daughter’s hair off after the daughter teased … Continue reading

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Kindness is not weakness

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A Short Note to Self – teaching and taking correction

[You] know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. (James 3:1-2.) Even the most gentle correction can feel like blows: As iron sharpens iron,     so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17.) So … Continue reading

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Being Meanspirited Doesn’t Mean You’re Being Mean – a language conundrum

When I was a kid, yelling “You’re a meanie!” was a useful epithet. It captured the anger and frustration and powerlessness one felt and hurled all of it at the person being a meanie. To which the meanie would commonly … Continue reading

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