The conversation started as I was telling him about a letter from one of Elin’s friends. She had written it to my husband and I after we gave her a gift for Valentine’s Day. You see Jill (not her real name), Elin’s friend, is gay and seeking for truth she can live her life by. I truly believe, with all my heart, God brought her into Elin’s life, thus bringing her into our life as Elin has brought her over to our house, and to church several times.
Here is an excerpt from her letter to us….
Mr. & Mrs. Winn,
Thank you so much for the Valentine gift. I really appreciate it. You all are very nice, accepting and funny. You guys actually treat me like a real person and not a disease. I love going to your church, it’s like no other church I have been to. I feel like I’m actually wanted with you guys. I love you guys and love being around you.
All we have done is shown kindness to Jill. We’ve made her feel very welcome in our home. We have given her a hug when we greet her and when we say good-by to her. We simply gave her a little card and treat for Valentines. We haven’t preached to her or tried to convert her over to Christianity….we have simply loved her…right where she is.
Kindness. Not just any old kindness, God’s kindness. If you are a Christ follower….it lives inside of you. As Taylor and I talked, he said “You know Mom, I really believe “being” kind is a choice we make…letting the fruit of kindness come out of us will not “just happen”… it’s a choice we make to let the sort of kindness that will draw someone to Jesus, come out of our life.”
His statement hit me hard. How true it was. It really is a choice we make whether to allow the fruit of God’s Spirit to come out of us or not. I asked myself how many times have I chosen to not be kind, patient or loving? How many times have I let my flesh rule over my spirit, making it harder for God to reach that someone, He has placed in my life, who is desperately seeking Him?
So, I have been asking God to help me remember that one of the most effective ways I will reach those who need Jesus is to simply love them and allow God’s kindness to pour out of my life. Won’t you, along with me, make that your heart’s cry today?