Speak truth in caring kindness.
This sounds obvious to those practicing it, but for the rest of us we need to hear it constantly. When we think about speaking the truth, and speaking in kindness, we tend to think of two different scenarios: the first tends to feel like someone is stripping you of your happiness in order to be right, and the second sounds like someone babying you. Nobody likes either of these options.
So what’s the middle ground? Is the middle even the right way to think about it? I’d say no. You’re aiming for the best of both worlds: both the truth that sets you free, and the kindness that makes you human. It will make you a better person to keep these things in mind.
Results may vary.
Waiting is tiring.
I have many friends who give me this advice whenever I get tired of waiting: God’s timing. It’s not even a whole sentence, but it conveys the point by shifting the focus off of me and onto why I’m waiting in the first place. God is good, and anything good you get from Him, so when you’re waiting for something good, it’s helpful to remember that the Giver always gives at the best time. Try it out. Think about everything you’re waiting for, and see if there’s any way to get it sooner. If there is, you might have something to do while you’re waiting, and if there is not, then you know that it’s coming up in God’s timing.
Live intentionally so that everyone notices.
I find it interesting that Christians are called to live a life that others will notice. We are meant to be light in this dark world, yet how often could people pick us out of a crowd as Christians? If you’re in public, look around and see if you could begin to guess who is following Christ. Look at your own life and see if you could call yourself out in a crowd for your faith. If you can’t, something is wrong.
I recently applied for a job at a supermarket near where I live. During the interview process, I was fortunate enough to highlight God as I was describing what I could bring to the table. It not only helped, but I’m certain it got me the job. People are well aware of what Christ can do for people, and as His ambassadors it is our duty and privelage to promote Him in everything we do. This is not easy, but it is worth it. I am preaching to myself when I say that we need to take stock of what God has given us, and where He has put us, so that we can make the most of it.
Relax, enjoy, and live.
Take a minute to think about the way you’ve structured your day. How efficient are you with your time? How concerned did you get when you thought about it? Take a minute to thank God for all the good He’s put into your life. Ask Him where you could improve. Ask for renewed peace as you repent for the things you’ve let get between you and Him. It’s as simple as turning away from evil in faith that Jesus’ blood will cover you. You can do it.
Seek out wisdom.
We know from Scripture that fearing God is the beginning of wisdom, and to seek first the Kingdom of God, but how do we apply that practically to our everyday lives?
We start by pointing our feet in the right direction. Think of a time where you said “I want to _____ no matter what”, with the blank being your greatest desire. If you said anything other than follow God, and you follow it through to it’s conclusion, you’ll notice that you’re capable of great evil to accomplish your goals. No matter what has no limits. However, when you decide within yourself “I want to follow God no matter what”, it forces you to avoid what is evil; the Bible goes so far as to say to hate evil (Proverbs 8:13), and if you point your feet that way you are granted the joy of knowing that Go will make you spotless. Trust Him.
Live in kindness everyday.
It takes a good deed to plant a seed of kindness in someone’s life. You could plant that seed. As a matter of fact, you plant seeds every time you come in contact with someone; even so much as being in public counts. However, kindness takes a bit more effort, as all good things do. You must resolve within yourself to be aware of what kindness looks like, and then live it out. A good place to start with the golden rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matthew 7:12). After all, who doesn’t want people to be kind to them?
Teaching righteousness under threat hurts.
Jesus promised Christians all sorts of reviling and persecutions throughout the Gospels. Paul addressed each church’s strengths and weaknesses in his epistles. The idea that life in abundance is our best life now is foolish at best, and satanic at worst. Heaven will be much better. Stay strong faithful servants. He will lead you on into glory.
Always let people have autonomy.
If you want people to listen to you, don’t talk at them. Listen first, not just to what they’re saying at face value, but the context in which they’re saying things, then reply thoughtfully. Understanding others makes them more open to listening, and if you can’t understand them no matter how hard they try, just let them know, and switch topics. In a scenario where you have to go with it, make a note to figure it out as soon as possible.
Results may vary.
Regret is never good.
How many things do you regret happening in your life? If the answer is more than zero, you’re doing it wrong. Feel free to still be sad about things that hurt you when they pop into your head, but don’t live your life with the weight of a troubled mind taking away from your peace. Victimhood is not virtuous, especially when you made a poor decision. You don’t ever want your past defining you; you only want your experiences to help you help others.
Results may vary.
Please operate legitimately in the interests concerning society.
There’s something known as rule of law that was made for the sake of order within people groups. While the concept was divinely inspired, it was put in the hands of men for us to use as we saw fit. Israel wasn’t meant to have a king; they were meant to serve the King of Kings, but He wrote the rules for Israel’s kings because He knew the people would ask for one in due course. Every problem that an earthly king could have happened before the end of the reign of the Davidic royalty.
What does that have to do with you? God gave us the rules to make the rules, and we should do whatever we find good to make those rules exceptional.
Results will vary.