Friday, September 21, 2012
Heart or Chutzpah?
During a recent Sunday sermon, my pastor's message had to do with embracing kindness. She used Biblical scripture from Ephesians, chapters 4-5, as the root of her message: "Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear....Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another...." Our Sunday bulletin also featured a writing, titled "Seeds" by Thom M. Shuman, that included this golden nugget: "In a world which idolizes success, greatness, biggie-sized achievements, remind us of those mustard seeds planted deep within us...." Today, sadly, I find more and more that kindness is a rare commodity and not always very valued. Instead of having heart, it feels as if having chutzpah is the necessary attribute to achieving success. I, however, would rather focus on those mustard seeds, those precious moments of kindness, forgiveness and building each other up as a way to measure the success of my life.