Daily D – Proverbs 11:17
Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves. (NIV)
Your kindness will reward you, but your cruelty will destroy you. (NLT)
When you’re kind to others, you help yourself; when you’re cruel to others, you hurt yourself. (MSG)
One of the questions we often ask in the coaching we do with leaders is, “What do you do better than ten thousand others?” We give individuals the assurance of confidentiality. We will not think or accuse them of arrogance. Each of us does something well, better in fact than ten thousand others. How about you?
These preeminent characteristics differentiate us from others. They set us apart. This is why people want to work with us or spend time with us. This is the value we add to conversations, relationships, and employers.
When we receive answers to the question above, we are told about one important capacity or another. Not to shame anyone, and not to suggest someone name this characteristic unnecessarily, but no one has ever answered this question by saying they are kinder than ten thousand others.
Again, this is not a fishing expedition. This is not a subtle way of saying, “Hey you, step up and tell me what I want to hear.”
Kindness is one of the character traits we love receiving. It is also one people have a hard time demonstrating these days. This is in spite of the truth that kindness works both ways. It benefits the one who receives it and the one who gives it. If we want a kinder world, we need to lead with kindness.
Have you ever heard anyone pray, “Our Father, I would like a kinder world, and let it begin in me?” Me neither. Until today. I’ll start. Come with me. Let’s see if we can reorient this old world.
I will lead with kindness.
Our Father, I would like a kinder world, and let it begin in me. Empower me to lead with kindness in all things at all times. May others grow to anticipate kindness from me in every situation. Amen.
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1 Kings 22:34 But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armor. The king told his chariot driver, “Wheel around and get me out of the fighting. I’ve been wounded.”
1 Kings 21:25, 26 (There was never anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife. He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the Lord drove out before Israel.)
Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
2 Chronicles 15:1, 2 The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded. He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.”