I’m off the grid. Well, sort of. I quit social media. I’m no paragon of virtue in this. I found myself in a constant state of tension, ready to get angry whenever one of you posted something I disagreed with. Ha! The tide had turned to what felt like a constant political and cultural debate. And I got sucked right into the vortex, I confess. So I turned it all off. At first I called it a hiatus. But the hiatus was so invigorating and refreshing, it seemed silly to return. So a couple of weeks ago, I posted that I was gone for good.
Here’s what happened: I found a whole bank of time to do other things. I found my mood and attitude re-adjusting toward the positive. I found that I didn’t miss it. At all. I’m not suggesting this for everyone. I can only manage me. But the changes I’ve experienced have convinced me that it’s the unplugged life for me.
At the closing of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, his exhortation is this: Turn your minds toward things that can actually make an eternal difference. He spends the first three chapters encouraging and nourishing the already good hearts of this fledgling church. It’s like a big thank you note. Yet, Paul doesn’t want to see the Philippians lose what they’ve gained. So he delivers the fourth chapter to appeal to their minds, where the battle always begins.
If our minds are stayed on what is true, noble, right and pure… our efforts are empowered. If our lives are committed to what is lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy… our enemy is defeated. Oh, friends! The words of Paul deliver us to a life of promise and purpose. And kindness.
Kindness will speak when our words fall short. Kindness will bring skeptics to belief. Kindness will revive a culture dying for hope. So today? Be kind.
Before you hit the bricks today, ask God to give you a kind word for everyone who crosses your path. Everyone. Even the unkind ones.