A Fine Example

It’s Wednesday morning as I write this, and there have already been multiple strong reminders this week that I can be a much better person than I am.

Not surprisingly, the first of those reminders came during Sunday’s First Lutheran Church sermon. Our pastor, the Rev. Richard Ricker, talked about taking a look at where we are placing God and Jesus in our lives. Sure enough, there are multiple things that usually rush to the forefront in this chief’s busy life, almost always at the expense of either faith or — perhaps even more tellingly — prioritizing things I need to accomplish in my life ahead of what I could be doing for others instead.

Then, at our Noon Kiwanis meeting on Tuesday, our group heard an Easter message from Worthington Christian Church Pastor Doug White. One of the things he spoke of was simply treating others better — a simple concept, yes, but one I feel sometimes that I struggle with. Just a couple of days before, I had been quick to react to a situation with which I was unhappy. Rather than try to be patient and express something akin to understanding, I was almost certainly rude. Even though I still strongly feel my point of view on the matter was the right one, I could — and should — have taken the proverbial deep breath before acting in a regrettable manner.

Of course, none of us is perfect; we hear this over and over again. Yet, we continue to make mistakes — often times the same ones we’ve made before. If you are a Christian, you are ever-thankful to Jesus for forgiving our sinful nature. That’s perhaps the most powerful message of Holy Week — Jesus loved us so much, He died for our sins. The least a person can try to do — whether a person of faith or not — is to try to treat others with a respectful and loving nature, yet even the most avid churchgoer (myself included) often fails this task.

One hears nowadays of such adages as “pay it forward” and “random acts of kindness.” Both are rooted in showing that type of love and compassion for others — even strangers. It’s by all means a Christian notion, and an area school is getting into that act today.

Students at Southwest Christian, located in Edgerton, are scheduled to perform acts of kindness today in the community. A promotional item for the activity that showed up here at the newspaper said: “Do you need help with your spring work? Senior citizens and those in need — we’ll rake, mow, wash windows and cars, clean gutters and garages, or whatever you need help with!” The heading at the top: “Acts of Kindness.”

There’s a contact number — (507) 442-4471 — included on the promotion, and I hope the school’s students have a busy and enjoyable day lending helping hands in their community. I may call that number, too — not to get help from the students, but to thank them for setting such a wonderful example.

Happy Easter, everyone.