Closet Jesus

Kindness is not a courtesy…
…but that’s how it tends to play out in my life, ya know?
I want to be that person, though. 
I want to be the one who emulates Christ so well that His traits are first nature instead of screaming at me from the closet…
in the basement…
with duct tape over His mouth. 
Ok, I’m kind of kidding, but for real, it’s hard not to focus on the negatives.
They don’t have to scream.
They are ever-present and on repeat. 
In fact, negatives are the duct tape that silences kindness — telling me, it’s ok to be reclusive and bitter since the world is chaos and people… aren’t kind.
But that’s not how our story goes. 
Our story is one of sacrifice, grace, humility, and redemption.
As Christ-followers, it is part of our spiritual DNA — encoded in our God-given character traits.
Empowered by His personality that lives inside us.
Evident because of His kindness, love, and sacrifice —
even though the world is chaos and people…aren’t kind.
So, I’ll go to the basement, open the closet door, and remove the duct tape so Christ can, not only, speak into MY life but THROUGH my life…
into the chaos of the world…
and the hearts of the people that…aren’t kind.
Because that’s what Christ does and what He has called and equipped me to do.

Galatians 5:22-23

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such, there is no law.”

 

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Susan E. Greenwood is a wife, a mother, and a mother-in-law :D. She has over 28 years of experience in youth and children’s ministries. Susan loves to write blogs, articles, devotionals, and curriculum. She has blogged for bible.org, and authors Mary Demuth, Lynn Cowell, and Ruth Schwenk. Susan writes regularly for skitguys.com. Her passion is to help people live their Life In Stride with the Word of God

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