A Small Act of Kindness

When last have you gone out of your way to do something kind for someone – expecting nothing in return?

A few days ago, my friend Tina and I were having a conversation about what I could add to my smoothies to make them sweeter. She suggested pineapple and mentioned how a particular food store was having a sale on them. I told her I saw that in the store just a day before and thought of picking up one, but didn’t.

Later that afternoon, I got a call from Tina, asking if I were in office and whether she could stop by. Shortly afterwards she was there and as she walked in, she told her daughter to hand me the bag.

There was the pineapple!

I was pleasantly surprised and gave her a big hug! I thought of how the simple, unexpected kindness of others really make a difference. This was a pineapple that I believe cost $3.99. The gesture just warmed my heart. And I can tell you, my smoothies now have a sweet kick to them – thanks to the pineapple and huge thanks to Tina!

“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.” ~ Romans 12:10

I challenge you to do something kind for someone today – expecting nothing in return.

Growing in Christ,


Real Friends Tell You the Truth!

I’ve had this quote stored in my phone for several months; it resonates with me. I truly believe what we put into our systems affect us. What we allow our eyes to dwell on, what we listen to, who we associate with. In fact, the words in the image above support my August 16th post, What are You Eating?

Today, the portion I wish to focus on is the “people you hang around.” And this is not just for young people; it’s for you older folk as well. Are the people you associating with elevating you? Do they enrich your life? People who really care about you, won’t allow you to go down a pathway that leads to destruction. True friends or family members, tell you the truth – even if that truth hurts. And yes, it’s not what we say, but how we say it, but I have a brother, who often says, “We need to pull them out of the fire!”

Years ago, while studying towards my Bachelor’s degree, something happened between me and a very dear friend of mine, Katina. Later that night, following our class, she called me (days before Whatsapp) and was so real. She told me she saw something in me, a character trait that was, “Ugly.” And you know, I really couldn’t say much because what she thought she was revealing, I already knew. Nevertheless, it was sobering, hearing it coming from someone else. It was something I struggled with, but being the REAL FRIEND she was – and still is today – she needed to say it. And I thank her. In fact, THANKS BE TO GOD, that character trait is far removed from me. I have DEFINITELY GROWN! BUT GOD!

What is just as beautiful is our friendship remains in tact. I did not cut her off because she told me the truth – which would have been ungodly. Our relationship grew because I realized, here was someone who cared enough about me to tell me the truth and wanted to see change. I thank God for her and she was someone I chose to be by my side on my wedding day.

You might not be a Christian at this moment, but even so, please choose carefully who you associate yourself with. Surround yourself with people who are focused, people of integrity, people who have your back for good reasons and won’t lead you down a path of unrighteousness. Now is the perfect time to reevaluate your relationships.

Growing in Christ,