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Wandering Wednesday: Are you Breaking the Law?

 The blue flashing lights in my rearview mirror shocked me. I wasn't speeding. My kids and my nephew were securely fastened in seatbelts in the backseat. We were enjoying a leisurely ride to the beach. So why was a police officer wanting me to pull over on the side of the road?

 As it turns out, my tag registration was expired. Whew! I hadn't broken any laws.

 Yet, I can think of another law that I break on a fairly regular basis: the law of kindness. Thankfully, lights don't flash and I don't have to pay a fine every time I speak an unkind word. Otherwise, I'd be flat broke and embarrassed more often than I care to admit.

 In some ways, though, it would be nice if the kindness police followed all of us around, don't you think? How many episodes of public humiliation would it take before the law of kindness stuck and we began to speak and act in love toward one another?

 Thankfully, God has provided a way for us to abide by the law of kindness without all that fuss. As we spend time listening to God through His word and voicing our concerns to God through prayer, we learn the language of kindness. It becomes second nature, not something we have to drum up when it's needed. Rather, kindness becomes our native tongue.

 Conversely, when we aren't spending enough time with God, our tongue will betray us. Harshness, gossip, angry outbursts, sarcasm, rudeness, impatience and a host of other misdemeanors fly out of our mouths before we have a chance to stop them.

 Are you struggling in the area of kindness? Is your tongue sharper than the knives in your kitchen? If so, don't despair. These are just the indicators, the flashing lights on the police car, telling you that it's time to pull off the road of life and spend a little extra time with the Lord. As you receive the kindness He offers, it's easier to extend that same kindness to others.

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 Bonita Lillie is a freelance writer, writing coach, home educator, and the author of Hands-On Essays. What she loves most, though, is being John's wife, David and Breanne's mom, and God's daughter. You can find her at www.realityhomeschooling.com.


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