I got a car on a Monday (Her name is Fiona, in case you were wondering.). She was shot less than 48 hours later, in the face. Windshield really. And it was probably an air pellet or bb gun, not a real gun. The bb/pellet did not go all the way through and I was not driving when she was shot. Mercies abound.

Yet still. Where are the random acts of kindness? The placing of a note on her windshield? Instead, she was attacked by a not-so-random act of unkindness. Turns out shooting “new” (to the owner) cars is not as unusual in my neck of Eden Lost as you would think.

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The proverbs tell us that kind words turns away wrath. And while I wasn’t wrathful (annoyed and saddened, oh yes, in abundance), many kind words have been offered and they have been balm to my soul. My favorite came from Niece #3 when I told her I had bad news and Fiona had been shot in the face (she’s also learning about random acts of exaggeration).

“But she was just a baby car!”

And with that response and a big hug, her kindness to me almost made the shock and annoyance with the whole situation worth it. Almost.

Bringing the topic of kindness to a more reverent and applicable level (at least I hope your cars or bikes or subway cards haven’t been shot) is Dallas Willard. He is credited with saying that hurry is the enemy of kindness.

Years ago I remember another small voice speaking truth to me. Nate, at that time maybe three years old, and I were at his front door as I was shoving his shoes on his feet, in desperate need to GET. HIM. OUT. THE. DOOR. So I could have a break. “Amy, why are you shoving my shoes?” I couldn’t really tell him because hurry is the enemy of kindness and right now I need a break more than I need to be kind. As far gone as I was, his words stopped me dead in my hurry and slowed me back into kindness.

In Eden, random and intentional acts of kindness will flow because we won’t be cursed with the spirit of hurry. Amen, may this aspect of Eden be seen in your world today.

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  1. Mark Allman October 14, 2013 at 7:58 am - Reply

    I have to work against the enemy of kindness… when something presents itself as an opportunity I always have to beat down the “you don’t have time” thought. How much time does it take to wait and hold a door open, or to let someone in front of you in traffic, or to stop and see if they need some help on the side of the road? I do realize with some of my responsibilities ( work) I don’t always have the freedom to take time out to help someone. That is not the real enemy but it’s the you don’t have time thought is the most prevalent one. Most of the time that thought is an excuse to do nothing and not have my day bothered as if it is a burden to be bothered by helping someone. We should view it as an honor to be placed in the path of needed help.

    A great reminder Amy.

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      Amy October 15, 2013 at 6:38 am - Reply

      “We should view it as an honor to be placed in the path of needed help.” … I’m going to remind myself of this, Mark. Thanks :)

  2. Gayle October 14, 2013 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Oooh, that’s good – thanks for taking us to the root. I remember in Xi’an, working with a very annoying colleague who we’d cruelly nicknamed squeeky. I had finished memorizing Philippians, and I remember listening to another nonsensical request from him and repeating, over and over, “Let your kindness be evident to all.”

    But this post — hurry won’t even let my brain get to that phrase is really helpful. I bet God will give me some opportunities to practice that today. Wry smile.

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      Amy October 15, 2013 at 6:37 am - Reply

      Wry smile right back :). I get it, Gayle, I really do!

  3. LisaZ October 14, 2013 at 10:05 am - Reply

    I am cursed with the spirit of hurry…big time. I need to post the Dallas Willard quote on my dashboard. My inability to better manage my “hurry”, makes me one of those bad New Jersey drivers everyone rants about :(.

    Though, I still think people should drive the speed limit and stay out of the passing lane :).

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      Amy October 15, 2013 at 6:36 am - Reply

      Well, I’m right behind you in thinking people should stay out of the passing lane if they’re not going to go the speed limit. Maybe TA is a Jersey driver at heart :)?

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