It is so refreshing to think positive thoughts. We must surely know that positive thoughts produce positive results. What would happen if all of the world thought positively? Think about it!
What if everyone gave everyone else the benefit of the doubt? What if people thought the best and expected the best of every person? What if kindness and truth and love reigned in this world?
Where does unkindness comes from anyway? It comes from unkindness. No one wakes up one bright sunny day and decides to be unkind. There had to be a catalyst. Perhaps it was something that started in childhood. Perhaps it was something that occurred yesterday, but something happened to cause unkindness.I am reminded of the famous “Kick the Cat” story told my master motivator, Zig Ziglar. Mr. B’s bad morning causes him to yell at his sales manager, who yells at his receptionist who, after a bad day at work, yells at her twelve year old son, who kicks the cat on his way to his room. Zig asks his audience, “Wouldn’t it have been better if Mr. B had gone to the receptionist’s house and kicked the cat himself?” And the question is asked, “Who’s cat are you kicking?”
What if, in your realm of influence, only kindness happened from now on?That is why the Bible teaches us to return good for evil. That is how we stop the cycle. If everyone keeps passing on the negative way they are treated, it will just grow and grow. Someone must stop it. That is why we return good for evil.
This is a staggering concept. “Turn the other cheek.” “Give a man your cloak if he steals your coat.” Jesus explained this perfectly. “Do good to those who curse you and despitefully use you.” I am beginning to understand. We can be a catalyst for good. When we treat someone good, it not only breaks the chain of evil and negativity, but it starts a new chain. People will automatically pay it forward. When someone is good to you, you naturally feel better about life and yourself and your situation. You will pass on kindness, love, and joy to others. We have a responsibility to spread God’s love not in words, but in actions. How much good can we do tomorrow and what ripple effects will we set in motion? I can’t wait to find out!
Today’s Verse: Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21