Going Out Of Your Way, by Evans Olang

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Proverbs 12:25, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad”

In the world we are living in, virtue is decreasing tremendously. Kindness is running out the door right before our eyes. Respect for the elderly is diminishing, respect for life is affected. Respect for other people and their belongings are threatened. What a world we live in, a crazy scary world it is.

With all this in place, I find something that still strengthens people to go on and it’s the power of kindness. It’s not more of what you gain but what you give. Many times before we give something, we want to ask, “What’s in it for me?”, in other words, if I give it, what will I gain from it? Kindness is a quality of warm hearted, considerate, humane, and sympathetic. Kind words are like medicine. Take for example a child who has suffered fire burns and give him medicine, constantly nurse him by touch, speaking soothing kind words and watch that child get healed faster than a child who is just left with medicine and nothing more. Kind words brings healing to the soul that I don’t see anything else doing. Being considerate and sensitive to someone else needs. Even the Lord speaks kind words because He knows what it does to the soul, Zechariah 1:13, “So the LORD spoke kind and comforting words to the angel who talked with me”.

Proverbs 12:25, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression…” look around you and see people full of anxiety, deadlines, pressure at home, expectations from other people, pressure in the job. People are so stretched that any little more stretch will make them explode, “But a good word makes it glad“. A good word is like a nice ice cold water in hot day, very refreshing for the thirsty. It brings strength back, it reminds the person he is valued, it believes in the person’s ability to make it. You know of those times you’ve been extremely busy at work, overwhelmed, stretched and stressed out but thank God, He sent friends, customers, colleagues to speak kind words, those have been cold water quenching your thirst. Words have a way of reducing stress.

Managers in our devotion team, how often do you go out of your way to speak kind words to your team? Is it always what they have not accomplished that you hammer them with, kind words could increase their performance. Parents, do you speak kind words in the life of your children struggling with things, do you see potential in them to speak in their lives that you believe that God can raise them? Husband and wives, how often do you go out of your way to say kind words to your spouse? Do you realize the positive impact that has in your marriage? Workmates, do you ever go out of your way to speak kind words to your fellow workmates? Yes we all have weakness in our lives and at times they need to be addressed but we cannot over look this quality that increases productivity, strength, joy, progress and that is the power of kindness. You don’t have to wait to receive before you can give; you have to see who needs it to give it. Romans 12:21, “…but overcome evil with good“. Blessings Ev

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