Kindness

June 24, 2016

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Scripture

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

~Ephesians 4:32, NASB

Quote

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

~Oscar Wilde

I could write pages on the word “kindness” but I’m going to keep it brief. Yesterday we were in the court room all morning on those hard oak pews with no cushions. Our judge was Brent Craig who happens to be a member of the West Hartselle Baptist church. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a kinder man working in difficult circumstances. Unfortunately for us, we were about the last case to be called so we got to hear three dozen or more that preceded ours. There was everything from domestic abuse to check kiting. One woman gave a bad check for a $17 pizza that is going to cost her $1200. There was several cases of domestic violence but one involved a tall skinny woman about the size of Big Mama and her husband who would go 230. She beat him up and he was there to drop the charges. If I had been the judge, I would have fined him $1000 for not being a man. This woman was 6 feet tall but she didn’t weigh a hundred.

But this is beside the point which is Judge Craig’s compassion and kindness on a lot of reds. I saw bleach blonds wearing clothes way to tight, tattoos galore, pony tails on men, Mohawks, skint heads, and know-it-all teenagers who think drugs are something to wink at and yet this judge never, not even once, made an unkind remark and a gesture of contempt. You could not pay me enough money to do what he does but that’s because God did not call me to be a judge but He did call Brent Craig.

We were thrilled with the judges ruling which gives us more time. Other than waiting all morning, everything went great. We got Hope back to the FOUNDRY by 7:50, just ten minutes before her curfew and they were thrilled to see her. She is an icon at the FOUNDRY. They love her and she loves them. If you want to go see Hope; my suggestion is to go to the THRIFT STORE between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm and just asked for Hope. She will be working in the back. I go on Thursday night but you can’t visit until 6:00 and you have only a few minutes before their worship service which is 2 hours long. The people who run it is not Baptist, they are Assembly of God and they don’t believe in watches or clocks. Personally, I enjoy it but there are those in the Bailey clan who prefer the KISS formula: Keep IShort/Simple or as some say, Keep It Short Stupid. I could say the same thing they say in one third of the time, maybe less.

No extra tonight, the blog is the extra.

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Scripture

 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

~Galatians 6:10, NLT

Quote

“Carry out an Act of Random Kindness with no expectation of reward.”

~Diana Frances Mountbatten-Windsor

Christian ministry involves a risk. Sometimes we get banged up when we get emotional involved with those we are trying to help. Paul had such and experience with the church at Corinth. Paul founded the church and served as it’s first pastor. You would think that would endear the apostle to the Corinthians but not so. They were highly critical of Paul. They did not respect or honor the beloved Missionary. We see the great apostles pain in 2 Corinthians chapters 11-12. Paul was crushed by the Corinthian’s cruel criticism and  blatant indifference. 

To Paul’s credit, he never gave up; never quit the ministry. If any man had reason to feel sorry for himself and throw in the towel, it was Paul. Not only did he refuse to quit, he encouraged us not to quit.  In Galatians 6:9 Paul says…So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Notice the ‘If,’ so do not get discouraged and quit.

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  • Big day: Deacons Meeting @ 8:15, LCBS @ 9:15, Celebrate Jesus in worship @ 10:15, Celebrate baptism @ 11:15, Visitation for the Buford Burgess family @ 2:00-5:00 in the sanctuary, AWANA @ 5:30, Visitation @ 5:30 and evening worship @ 6:15.
  • I will be at DBC this morning {Lord willing} and at Sardis Springs tonight. Pray for Joe David who is preaching twice and me as I start the bible study
  • Buford’s COLS is Monday @ 1:00 @ DBC. Burial at Andrews Chapel. Then we will be feeding the family at DBC parlor. Mandy is our HOSTESS. We will furnish the meat, bread and drinks. We need you to bring vegetables and deserts.
Buford and the Boys

Buford and the boys…far left is great grand son Cain.