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 . . .

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

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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…

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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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the royal treatment

That is how we should treat all! Give them the royal treatment.

Roll out the red carpet.

Take out the fine China.

Give a present for no reason

and give up the honored seat.

Let others feel like royalty when they leave your presence.

Connecting with everyone in our lives matters and giving others preferential treatment is key.

How can you offer the ‘royal treatment’ to those in your circle of influence?

Webster defines the royal treatment as the manner of acting toward someone that is suitable for very important people; very elaborate and attentive treatment.

What can you do today to make someone feel like they did indeed receive the royal treatment while in your presence?

And if you don’t know where to start or what to do, how about applying the following verses day in and day out.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4.32

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” Luke 6.31

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15.12

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” Romans 15.1-2

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2.3

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2.4

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Romans 12.18

So, go ahead give others the royal treatment even if you think or know they don’t deserve it.

When we treat others better than they might deserve, we will…

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“… let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” I John 3.8

Figure out what to do and how to give the royal treatment to all you meet and greet.

And remember the command: “Let all that you do be done in love.” I Corinthians 16.14

What are some things you can do to show others your love? Comment below. For starters, fixing a cup of tea or hot cocoa on a cold day might be one idea. What else comes to mind?

Go the extra mile and spread the joy of giving the royal treatment.

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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…

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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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it is time

Forgiveness is more about you than the one you are forgiving. So if you have some forgiving to do, it is time.

There is freedom in forgiveness for forgiveness equals freedom.

The solution to bitterness is forgiveness. We are to live victoriously not as a victim and it might mean to do so, we need to forgive.

Here’s a good rule of thumb as far as forgiveness is concerned: Forgive till you no longer need to forgive!

Again, let me remind you: Forgiveness is primarily for our benefit!

Live victoriously!

Forgive immeasurably.

Love as Christ first loved you.

And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4.32 NASB

What sticks out to you in the above verse? Please take a moment to comment on that or what it is you need to do to forgive or who you have to forgive. Confessing and seeking others to pray for you and with you is a good part of the healing process of forgiving.

Also, take note of this: His forgiveness to you becomes forgiveness in you which flows out of you to other people as you…

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If you need to forgive, it is time.

If you need help doing so, ask God to show you how and help you forgive.

Some of the above comes from material by Scope Ministries called Be Transformed

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