In relationships with people who are dear to us, often it's the deeper things that stick out: the long talks, the laughing until you cry, and feeling safe enough to let tears fall. But what about in the rest of our relationships? How about our interactions with the man on the street corner or the grocer? How do we remember them, and how do they remember us? For me, usually the only thing that sticks out is what I can grasp of their personality in those simple few minutes we spend together. And I assume that, for them, it’s the same.

On my walk to work I sometimes see a woman on her way to her job. One morning, out of nowhere, she gave me a huge smile and said good morning. Now every time we see one another we smile and say good morning, and it always means the world to me. That is the hint of a Christ-like attitude: genuine, unforced kindness.

Shouldn't we endeavor to leave behind a godly impression wherever we go? Especially as the Christmas season rolls around? Shopping centers fill and stress levels rise and everyone is under pressure of some sort or another. How much good would one extra smile or friendly gesture mean to that random person you pass by? And what’s more, with a little intentionality, God can help you turn those small moments into on-going, deeper relationships, so they can see and discover the One who is giving you the fruit of kindness.

Our father and king, help me be godly in my attitudes. I pray that my actions and thoughts and even my personality would be molded into a picture of who Christ is. May people notice and see You in me. Thank You for Jesus Christ, in Whose name we pray, Amen.

Take Action

Go out of your way this week to do something nice for someone. If you're shy like me, maybe it can just be a friendly smile at a stranger. Start making it into a habit, and even an attitude. Seek Christ through this and glorify Him for every positive turn of events. And as you start acting with random kindnesses, pray that the Lord will grow these moments into opportunities to share Christ.

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