KEEPING THE FAITH: A conspiracy of kindness

Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 10:47 AM.

When the writer of Hebrews instructs his readers to motivate and provoke others in the direction of love and good deeds, he is calling for all of us to act as constructive catalysts, as those who will ignite and stir up good in others. He’s giving us creative license to be agitators – but not to cause trouble – we must aspire to be agitators of love and excellence in others, and there’s no better way to do that than with our words.

Think about the people in your life. Who do you need to sabotage with expressions of kindness? Who needs to be roused toward love? Who needs the encouragement of life-giving words? That granddaughter who could use a soft place to land? That employee who needs a little boost? That student who has extreme talent but zero confidence? That neighbor who always seems to be alone? Those young parents raising their kids in this world gone mad?

Acts of discouragement are easy and abundant. There’s always someone willing and eager to rain on others’ parades; to kick people in the teeth when they are already down; to criticize, complain, and carp about others’ decisions, performance, or ideas. But there is such a drought of kindness and encouragement, such an absence of inspiration and edification!

So start devising redemptive ways of agitation. Find ways to use your words to motivate others in the direction of love and good deeds. It could change their lives. It could change you. It just might save the world.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, pastor, and author of multiple books. You can read more and receive regular e-columns in your inbox at

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