|Posted on April 10, 2012 at 12:30 AM|
Have you SmAKed anyone lately?
Now, I am well aware that this does not appear to be something any sound-minded Christ follower should be doing, but allow me to explain...
It's not what you think. I am referring to Small Acts of Kindness. Yep. An entirely different way of working out your frustrations. Surely it's not just me. If you are a human being (and I can only assume that you are), then you have surely felt like smacking someone every now and then. But, we all know that is just not ethical or Christ-like, right?
All of us feel frustration at least daily, heck...minutely (is that even a word?) If we pretend that we don't, then we are lying (and that is an entirely different discussion!). What do we do with that frustration? Well, God's Word tells us not to act hastily or negatively when we have those emotions.
"My dearly beloved brothers (and sisters), understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. For man's anger does not accomplish righteousness. (James 1:19-20)
Last time I checked, I believe that pursuing holiness is our calling as believers, so that kind of leaves out the option of punching out the lights of whoever angers us. Maybe you are fed up with your boss. Or maybe your husband forgot to take out the garbage that is obviously overflowing into the kitchen floor. Maybe your child back talked you or your best friend neglected to return your phone calls. Maybe you got a late notice from a bill collector. Maybe you are just mad at yourself.
Any or all of these things can push your anger button and send you into fight or flight mode. But, for most of us busy women, running away is not an option. Neither is having a tantrum in a public place (or at home in front of our loved-ones).
So.....I have found that instead of characterizing myself as a fool: "A fool's displeasure is known at once..." (Proverbs 12:16A), it is better to act like the daughter of God that I am.
"Therefore, God's chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience..." (Colossians 3:12).
The best way to combat that frustration and anger is to get out an use that smacking instinct to intentionally bless anyone who crosses your path. there are lots of ways to accomplich righteousness by spreading love and kindness.
1) Pay the bill of the person behind you in the drive-thru.
2) Let that woman in line with only two items pass in front of you when your shopping cart is full.
3) Keep a friend's child for an hour or two so she can have a much needed break.
4) Do your husband's chores so when he gets home from work, he can actually sit down an relax without a honey-do list staring him in the face.
5)Play with your child and leave the dinner dishes in the sink. They will be there when you get to them.
6) Pick up your elderly neighbor's mail and take it to her door for her.
7) Call a hurting friend and meet for coffee so you can encourage her in person.
Go buy a store gift card and give it to someone who is having a hard time financially.
Now, it's your turn. Leave a comment and share even more ways we can get out and SmAK someone today and every day.
Happy SmAKing and I will see you soon!