When church, Chuck E. Cheese and the radio station all say the same thing, you can only respond one way: “Message received. And challenge accepted.”
Sometimes the universe whispers. Other times, it whacks.
This was our Sunday morning:
The day’s sermon focused on cheerful giving as thanks to God for his many blessings.
After church, my daughter and I listened to the radio on our way to Chuck E. Cheese. The radio hosts were discussing their ongoing “kindness challenge”. Their guest? Nicole J. Phillips, author of “Kindness Is Contagious.”
When we reached Chuck E. Cheese, a repairman doing maintenance on all the game machines gave my daughter a fresh stack of about 300 tickets she could turn in for a prize.
While at the prize counter, my daughter noticed a little boy crying because he didn’t have enough tickets for a prize. We handed over some of the tickets we had been gifted so that he could pick something out.
(SIDE NOTE: “Thank you for raising such a kind daughter,” the boy’s mother said.
How I meant to respond, “Thank you for saying that. We do try to raise our children to be kind. But in truth, it’s the maintenance worker who deserves your thanks because he gifted us those tickets in the first place. We are simply sharing what has been given to us, and we’re happy to do it.”
How I actually responded, “Uhh, umm, uhh, yeah, thanks.” Must. Learn. To. Think. And. Speak. Simultaneously. Sigh. )
The world talks a lot about love, and indeed, the foundation of Christianity is John 13:34, “A new commandment I give you. Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
Love and kindness, however, are inextricably linked.
“Love is patient, love is kind,” 1 Corinthians 13:4 says.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control,” says Galatians 5:22-23.
Here’s how that all relates to motherbility:
I want to help you.
“Do everything in love.” That certainly includes motherbility.
And, given that love and kindness are best buddies, I’m committing to a motherbility “Kindness Challenge.”
From now through the end of April, you tell me how motherbility or I can help your business, and I’ll try to help. Yes, I have time-, talent- and resource- limitations, but I will do my best.
Do you need an editor? I’m here. Brainstorming session? My brain is yours. More Instagram followers? I’m happy to tag you, as appropriate.
“It’s chaos. Be kind.”
That’s really the whole thing.
How can the motherbility Kindness Challenge help you today?
Let me know in the comments below, or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.