what five bucks can do

I came across a five dollar bill in the car’s center counsel so I decided to give it to the car wash worker. I was in a location I don’t normally frequent and I thought for a minute: I should save it for my town, but I decided to give it to this man and it was received with such humility, sincerity, and appreciation. These are tough times. I don’t know what that bill will be spent on, but that little worker bee began scrubbing my hood and windshield and back window with so much gusto.

I had been to a graduation physically distanced parade and had some chalk painting on several windows congratulating the graduates.

I assumed the car wash would get it off.

It did not.

So, I turned the car around and went back into the car wash again.

I told the worker my dilemma and he again scrubbed those windows valiantly.

I’m convinced if I hadn’t given him that tip to begin with he would’ve been annoyed and even haphazardly washed the car. And I wasn’t gonna go through a third time.

About an hour later, I noticed that the casing for the side mirror was gone. I tried calling the car wash with no avail or answer. So, I drove back to ask if he could check to see if it had fallen inside.

Again, I’m convinced if I hadn’t given him a big tip to begin with he would’ve been annoyed or even unwilling to check. What’s the point?

Our generosity can produce kindness in others.

Be kind to others…” Ephesians 4.32

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” Proverbs 11.24-25

Be kind.

Be generous.

Strive to . . .

be.the.church

and when we choose to, the world really will be a better place.

be.the.light

in all circumstances, even when no words are spoken except through a five dollar bill.

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just be kind

As governments try to figure out how to ease back in to a new normal, please remember:

🛑 Some people don’t agree with the opening…that’s okay, be kind.

🏡 Some people are still planning to stay home…that’s okay, be kind.

🦠 Some are still scared of getting the virus and a second wave happening…that’s okay, be kind.

💰 Some are sighing with relief to go back to work knowing they may not lose their business or their homes…that’s great, be kind.

👩🏾‍⚕️Some are thankful they can finally have a surgery they have put off…that’s good, be kind.

📝 Some will be able to attend interviews after weeks without a job…be encouraging, be kind.

😷 Some will now always wear masks…god for them, be kind.

💅🏻 Some people will rush out to get the hair or nails done…that’s okay, be kind.

👉🏽 The point is, everyone has different viewpoints/feelings and that’s okay, just be kind.

We don’t have to agree, but we can be kind if we disagree.

We each have a different story. If you want to stay home, stay home, just be kind! If you need to go out, just respect others when in public and be kind! Don’t judge fellow humans because you’re not in their story or have the same views. We all certainly are in different mental states than we were months ago. So, what are we to do? JUST BE KIND!

Please remember this and try to be loving everyday to everyone for “Love is patient and love is kind.” (from I Corinthians 13)

As we are: “kind to one another, tenderhearted, and forgiving just as Christ has forgiven us…”(from Ephesians), the world will see us…

be.the.light

This entry was a Facebook post that I copied, edited, and added to. I do not know the original post-er or I would give credit where credit is due. Just trying to be kind (see what I did there). 😊

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his name is Tom

As I pulled into the lot to order some chicken for a friend’s family whose spouse is dying, I saw him standing by the light on the opposite side of the drive in entrance way. He had a cardboard handwritten sign that said:

HOMELESS not HELPLESS.”

It was atypical.

It was unusual.

It made my heart sing.

Here he was just trying to survive and those words were life bringing and I pray life changing for all who read them including you.

Some may get offended that he is there asking for help, but the mere fact he is asking should pull on our heart strings to bleed compassion.

I got in the socially distancing only option of the day, aka the drive through and ordered extra chicken so I could park the car to bring some to him.

The intersection was a busy one and would be difficult to hand off some food to him driving out. Thus the reason I parked. Plus, I wanted more than a quick drive by hand off. He needed connection and I needed it too. Don’t we all during these trying times.

It is a time in life where many are afraid of others because of what germs they may be carrying. Still…

No excuse not to be kind.

No excuse to not reach out to our fellow man.

No excuse to not connect.

I asked his name as each nameless face has one. Please don’t forget that.

His name is Tom.

Behind every sign there is a name.

A story.

A baby born that a mother loved.

A child made perfectly by God above.

No one would will hard times on another, but we live in a sin-sick, fallen world and don’t know the full story behind the sign.

I wanted to pray with him. I wanted to talk more and hear his story. I wanted him to truly feel God’s love and understand His promises like this one👇🏼

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1.9

I wanted to truly live out the gospel when Jesus said:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13.34

Because of the coronavirus, our interaction was short. With gloved hands, he took the food and said: “God bless you.”

And He does. I know this. Do you?

For anytime we do something to the least of these (Matthew 25.40), we walk away more blessed.

That is the whole plan of serving. We give yet we get so much more. So serve your fellow man with gusto and without seeking anything in return except the happiness that is brought on by giving.

How can you make the world a better place today? Now go do it and..

be.the.light

So many like Tom deserve our time, attention, care, and kindness, but most importantly our prayers.

His name is Tom. Won’t you please pray for him by name today?

©2020 be.the.church aclearberry

life goes on

Week seven with shut down and life goes on

We are somewhat getting use to changes we thought we would never see in our lifetime like social distancing, mask wearing, and raw or dry hands from continually washing. We are doing life different from meeting friends outside sitting 6 or more feet apart to using technology more to connect to those we work with or love. Many are completing projects set on a shelf for years. Puzzles are being displayed. Games are being enjoyed. More walks and talks with those you share home with.

How’s it going for you? What have you been doing to stay sane and pass some time. I would love to hear what you have done to make life more bearable.

Here’s a few tips to keep sane and embrace life as we now see it:

Start a thankful list and add to it daily.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I Thessalonians 5.18

Start a list with the names of God to comfort you in lonely moments.

‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1.8

Don’t stress about the happenings in this world. Remember: God is in control, still sits on His throne, and in the end all who call upon His name to be saved will live in glory with Him forever.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” I John 2.15-17

Move a little each day.

“… your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” I Corinthians 6.19+20

If you can’t get outside to move because of the represent restrictions then, I highly recommend joining the Facebook ‘view from my window’ group.

It is over 2 million people strong and many have posted amazing pictures of the view out their window during this worldwide shutdown.

It avails you to go ‘traveling’ without leaving your quarantined quarters.

In the meantime, try to…

Renew your mind.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12.2

Be productive.

Be kind.

and…

be.the.hope, be.the.church, be.the.light

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” I Peter 2.9

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the Lord of the sabbath

Today’s post is all about Luke Chapter 6 – Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. He performed miracles and let disciples glean from the fields on the Sabbath and the leaders didn’t like it! But, what stood out to me was He knew what the Pharisees were thinking and asked probing questions like: “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?” 9

Then without skipping a beat, He asks a man with a shriveled right hand to stretch it out (10). Were the Pharisees not seeing what everyone else was? Why would they be fixated on what they were going to do with Jesus instead of seeing what He can do?

Crazy!

But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.” 11

They were missing the miracles and gift in front of them. They were so stuck in tradition and the ‘rules’ that they were missing the mission.

Legalism = spiritual blinders!

Another example Jesus left for us: “Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.” 12

How many of us have had the discipline or stamina to spend a WHOLE night in prayer?

Jesus also had countercultural teachings when He walked the earth and they still are today. “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.” 27-31

Taking the previous verses, what I see is there is much more to the ‘Golden Rule.’

And then Jesus repeats almost word for word what He just said which says to me (and should to you): pay attention.

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” 35-36

  • I could go on and on as there is so much good teaching in this chapter:
    • don’t judge
      take plank out of your own eye
      the wise man builds his house on the rock
      forgive and you will be forgiven
  • but the last verse I want to highlight is this: “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” 45
  • Bring out the good things and let what you say…

    be.the.light

    Fill your mind and soul with the richness found in God’s Word so what flows out of your mouth from your heart is good and kind and uplifting.

    Let Jesus be the Lord of the Sabbath to you in your life and not just on Sunday! Everyday people need to see you talk the talk and walk the walk.

    no demands

    Love is to give; not be concerned of just receiving.

    Love is not to be rude or self seeking, but rather selfless and conceding.

    True love yields its rights and places no demands.

    I wish I could say I always lived that way.

    Outside our bedroom door is a framed heart. Inside are the words from 1 Corinthians 13. Perhaps, you know it as the ‘love’ chapter.

    Early on in our marriage, I would often stop before entering the room and read it. It is on the days I wasn’t feeling it; I needed to pause and slowly read its words before retiring into the bedroom for the evening. The marriage bed should be a place to retreat. There restoration, relaxation, recreation, and release should happen. It is not a place for fights to ensue, arguments continued, or cold shoulders given.

    Perhaps, like me, you might just need to stop and repeat a few of the famous words from that chapter over and over and over again: “Love is patient; love is kind.

    And this is not just for marriage but in all relationships we should be patient and kind.

    Sometimes the holiday season can bring the worst of us out. Don’t let it. Use this time to not have demands but to concede in love in all you do. When you do, you will…

    be.the.church

    If you need a little more encouragement on how to love with no demands, check out these previous entries posted earlier this year:

    https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/08/31/it-is-the-end-of-be-kind-to-humankind/

    https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/11/30/the-royal-treatment/

    https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/11/09/can-men-and-women-be-friends/

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    it is time to be kind

    This time of year people get stressed. Don’t do it – be kind!

    And my two cents: Don’t get caught up in the wants, the shopping, the must haves unless you can pay in full and don’t go in debt paying off Christmas gifts til next March.

    Regardless, know it is time to be kind.

    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3.12

    And when you do, you will…

    be.the.church

    Here’s some other thoughts on kindness to apply and enrich your life:

    Kind words are short and easy to speak but their echoes are endless.

    If you can’t be kind, be quiet.

    When you are wrong, admit it. When you are right, be quiet.

    Be kind whenever possible. Note: It is always possible!

    You never regret being kind!

    When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people. ~ Polish born American Rabbi Abraham Joshua Herschel

    You don’t need a lot of friends; just the kind ones.

    Appreciate those who are kind to you.

    Nobody can truly take away your pain but God, so don’t let anyone take away your happiness. Keep being kind no matter what.

    You don’t need a reason to be kind. Just be it.

    Treat everyone with politeness and kindness, not because they are nice, but because you are.

    Always have a willing hand to help someone, you might be the only one that does.

    Being nice merely to be liked in return nullifies the point.

    Always be friendly, always be kind, like the most beautiful flower that you can find.

    In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

    How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it

    Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.

    There is beauty in being kind

    Always stay humble and kind

    Nobody forgets an act of kindness

    Kindness is a language the blind can see and the deaf can hear

    Kind people are the best kind of people

    We rise by lifting others. Be kind in word and deed.

    No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted

    Be kind to unkind people; they need it the most

    Always be a little kinder than necessary

    Here’s some previous posts on kindness:

    https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/10/25/be-kind/

    https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/11/15/kind-and-sweet/

    https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/08/31/it-is-the-end-of-be-kind-to-humankind/

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    It was 1964

    It was 1964 – December 10: Martin Luther King becomes the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway for his efforts to end segregation and racial discrimination through non-violent means.

    Check out these previous posts to learn more about Dr. Martin’s efforts:

    https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/01/10/the-drx-excel-plus/

    Today is Human Rights Day which the United Nations designated as a day to raise awareness for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    Coincidence they are on the same day? I think not.

    It got me thinking: There are no coincidences with God rather God incidents.

    I am so grateful that God used Dr. King so mightily. I am grateful there is a declaration of human rights to protect the lives of the innocent.

    What are you grateful for and what are you doing to make life a wee bit kinder for your fellow man?

    “God has designed each of us for an enthusiastic, purpose-driven life. He doesn’t want you merely existing each day. He wants you to experience abundant life! But you have an enemy. And he’s a thief who wants to steal the passion, purpose, and potential you were born with. Yet here is the good news: Jesus has already overcome our enemy. Through the cross, you and I have access to His abundant life. And we can live in it today!”*

    That is what this season is all about. Yes, Jesus is the reason for the season.

    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10.10

    Be full of life.Have a grateful heart.

    Live out your purpose with passion.

    be.the.church

    *Not sure who the author is of this quote. Either a social media poster where I saw it or they got it from another.

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    food for thought*

    Before reading on, look for the lesson in this picture below.

    The man doesn’t know that there is a snake underneath. The woman doesn’t know that there is a stone crushing the man. The woman thinks: “I am going to fall! And I can’t climb because the snake is going to bite me! Why can’t the man use a little more strength and pull me up!” The man thinks: “I am in so much pain! Yet I’m still pulling you as much as I can! Why don’t you try and climb a little harder!?”

    The moral is: You can’t see the pressure the other person is under and the other person can’t see the pain you’re in. This is life, whether it’s with work, family, feelings or friends, we should try to understand each other. Learn to think differently, perhaps more clearly and communicate better. A little thought and patience goes a long way.

    Everyone we meet is fighting their own battle. Be kind.

    When we are, we will…

    be.the.church

    Be kind to one another.” Ephesians 4.32

    Leave a comment to what you think the lesson is, what you saw in the picture, and if you agree with the above food for thought.

    Here’s some links to previous posts about being kind: https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/10/25/be-kind/

    https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/11/15/kind-and-sweet/

    https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/08/31/it-is-the-end-of-be-kind-to-humankind/

    *Above is a well circulated reposted internet sensation. I do not know who the originator is or would give the due credit.

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    be kind

    I love acronyms made from words. They help messages stick and are fun to create as you can concentrate on a message you want to convey or a point to drive home, especially when teaching.

    Below you will find some for the word kind, but before you read on; try to come up with one on your own and post it in the comments.

    Some are internet finds, others are client creations, but, all are worth us applying and hearing so we can be more kind.

    K ids

    i n

    N eed of

    D reams

    Be kind to a child in your life and help them dream.

    K indness

    I s

    Needed

    Daily

    This is so true and probably my favorite acronym for the word kind. As we are kind each day, we can be reminded that:

    K indness

    I s

    N ever

    D umb

    so…

    K eep

    I ncreasing

    N ice

    D eeds

    But, in order to be kind, you must:

    K eep

    I nner

    N egativity

    D ead

    then strive to…

    K eep

    I nterest in

    N ice

    D oings

    Be nice.

    Be kind.

    be.the.church

    Do as scripture says: “Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4.33 ESV

    That is how we can change the world by being kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving.

    Go change the world one kind act at a time. When we do, we will see a kinder world.

    We need to be kind for kindness breeds kindness and as we are kind the world will see what it means to…

    be.the.church

    Here’s a few more kindness acronyms:

    K nowledge

    I nitiates

    N oble

    D ecisions

    —-

    K eep

    I t

    N ice

    D aily

    Look back on this previous post for more kindness tips:

    https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/08/31/it-is-the-end-of-be-kind-to-humankind/

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