This month — the very first month Grow Box is available — we’ve chosen “kindness” as our theme. Sort of curious, isn’t it? After all, “kindness” isn’t a hot topic, a common blog theme, or a subject that hits with a sassy punch.
So why kindness? Why not something like discovering your gifts, or walking in who God made you to be, or unlocking your calling? Well, as valuable as these topics are, they are all about us. Kindness is about the character of God. God is kind; we can feel his kindness every day. We are welcome in the throne room at His feet. We are invited to the table He has prepared for us. There is space for us there; he wants us to come and meet with Him.
From the very beginning and for time everlasting ... God is kind. He thought of you before you were born. He pursues you in every area of your life. And He has a place for you. Here. Now. And always. ( Psalm 139)
His kindness will change us. It will influence our giftedness, it will release us to walk in who we are made to be, and it will unlock our ministries. And so at Grow Box, in His honor, we choose “kindness.” It is our prayer that you will, as well.
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This world can be a heavy place.
The kind of heavy that presses down and makes it hard to breathe.
We rush to outrun pain and busy ourselves to forget the crushing weight of days and months and years that don’t turn out the way we thought they would. All of us who have lived a little while know it, that pounding of a frenzied heart racing to keep a desperate body moving. And we push on like we’re been chased by time, carrying that airless ache in our chests.
“And what do you do?”
It’s a normal question, a defining question. Tell me what you do with your time, so I can understand who you are.
For a lot of us, if we’re honest, the answer would be, “I wait.”
We wait for the next thing, wait for the kids to be grown, wait for our ship to come in, wait for the right relationships, wait for our dreams to come true and our questions to be answered. And sometimes the waiting drives us a little out of our minds.
We fidget and spin circles, and our impatience drives us so hard against tomorrow that we forget to see today.
We forget to see the truth.
Waiting is close to God’s heart.
We’re born with an instinct to be curled inward, legs pulled up and fists closed tight. It’s what feels natural and comfortable. As we grow, our bodies adapt and learn to function stretched tall and open, but a lot of us keep living in an emotional fetal position. We’re afraid to be seen and known. We’re afraid of pain and loss and not having enough.