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Proverbs
21:21 (MSG)
Whoever goes hunting for what is
right and kind finds life itself – glorious
life!
For
months I have wanted to invite the new neighbors for dinner.  I say ‘new’, but they moved in last
summer!  We’ve chatted a few times and I
really like them.  I look forward to
knowing them better.  I delay because my
house is perpetually untidy and my dining room is my office.  Having guests requires a temporary relocation
which is a bit of work.  I’ve been lazy for
a long time.
Maybe
it’s my guilty conscience, but in every translation of today’s scripture I see
a distinctly proactive attitude.  You can’t
avoid the action in ‘goes hunting for, chases, runs after, and pursues’
kindness.  Solomon, the wisdom writer,
says don’t just be kind when a situation
presents itself;  find ways to do what’s right.
Sigh.  I have failed.  But with God every day is new, so I just called
with an invitation.  If I wait for my
house to be put together, I’ll never have guests.  That’s not the point, right?  We’ll eat in the kitchen and our time
together will be rich and glorious.  Of
course I will make apologies, but my authentic self is not the greatest
housekeeper.
How
can you take action to be more kind?
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