While waiting in line to vote in our state’s primary election, I spotted the above wooden sign which read, “It’s cool to be kind.” At first glance, I thought to myself, “Well, that’s cool!”
Our voting precinct is located inside an elementary school. The sign was propped up in a window near the welcome and registration area which was not only teeming with students but registered, ready voters.
Snafus and Lash-ups.
Technology is great when it works, correct?
Since the polls opened at 8:00 a.m., I decided to walk to the school and vote early. Not often, just early.
There were a few people ahead of me when suddenly the line came to a complete standstill.
New voting equipment had been installed and implemented for the first time. The volunteers were doing their level best to learn how to operate these “gizmo-gadgets” as my daddy used to call them.
Several steps were required which included the election worker initially typing in the information appearing on the voter’s driver’s license, the machine reading the license, the voter signing the screen, and on rolls the voting river.
One machine completely malfunctioned for a period of time. Those who had planned to stop by quickly and vote before heading to work were not so overjoyed by this event.
The voting wheels came to a screeching halt when a woman standing in line a short distance ahead of me attempted to select her already registered party affiliation on the machine screen.
For some strange reason, the voting system or equipment had registered her as an independent. To add further aggravation to the equation, she was informed that she could not vote right then but would have to step to the side and call a specific phone number to get this issue ironed out.
Leaning against the wall of the school hallway, the woman voter dialed the assigned number and began to explain the snafu or lash-up, whichever description you prefer. (One of my sons-in-law calls some of my descriptions “Sheilaisms.” This would probably apply to the lash-up wording.)
The last line of the one-sided, loud, conversation I heard was, “What do you mean I can’t vote today?”
I’m sure I’m not the only one that sensed and felt this woman voter’s frustration. Would I have acted any differently? Maybe not as it’s only human nature to have melt-downs from time to time. Each of us has our boiling point. Asking God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit to lower these can be so helpful if we can think to do so ahead of time.
Please understand that I am in no way criticizing any of the events of my voter experience. I just thought it was so cool that God had already moved upon someone’s heart to display the wooden sign in the archway of the window as a gentle reminder for all of us.
Kindness Can Be Cooling.
I finally made it to the desk to present my driver’s license and begin the voting process. The election volunteer had forgotten her eyeglasses which necessitated that I read her the information from my driver’s license, so she could enter it into the machine.
After voting, I offered a, “Thank you for helping with the voting process” to each of the volunteers with whom I came in contact in the hopes that some kindness infused into the situation could be cooling.
A gentle reminder emerges from Proverbs 15:1,
“A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Prophetic Insights For Daily Living.
#1. Proverbs 19:22a states, “What is desired in a man is kindness.”
How does kindness motivate you or other people?
#2. Has there been a time of late when someone has done something very kind for you? How did it make you feel?
#3. When an unexpected kindness comes your way, how do you respond emotionally? I was visiting with a woman who told me that when someone does something kind for her, she is completely undone. It just dissolves her into tears in a good way.
An act of kindness affects a person’s heart and spirit in more ways than we can ever imagine.
#4. In December of 2020, the Holy Spirit quickened unto me that kindness is an invaluable currency.
Here’s the weblink: https://sheilaeismann.com/spiritual-currency/
After reading this blog post, would you agree that kindness is a spiritual currency?
What are some practical ways you could spend yours?
#5. God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit infuse kindness into our lives in so many areas. Here are some that readily come to mind:
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Romans 2:4 (NIV), “Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?”
Philippians 2:8, “And being found in appearance as a man, He [Jesus] humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”
John 14:15-18, “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I [Jesus] will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8, “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
Ephesians 4:32, “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
Do any of the above verses really tug at your heartstrings or speak to you?
What other Bible verses would you add to this list?
In what areas of your life has God blessed you with His kindness?
A Call to Action.
Would you please join me in a 30-day challenge to try to do at least one kind thing, large or small, for someone each day? Or if that is too long of a timeframe, how about a 10-day challenge? If you’re already doing this, bravo!
Please plan to make a mental note of how this makes you feel or if you notice a difference in your life as you implement and practice kindness.
Kindness is so necessary year-round, but especially so during an election year.
As our hot, mountain west, desert temperatures continue to rise, it’s cool to be kind!
Sheila Eismann, Prophetic Seer, Blogger, & Author, publishes her weekly blog posts endeavoring to encourage others through God’s word. Her writings include teaching and instructions on how to apply prophetic insights for daily living.
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