Saturday, January 17, 2015

Instant Kindness

In a sport that is known for its competiveness and roughness, Canadian Maple Leaf fans showed an incredible display of sportsmanship in the game against the Nashville Predators on November 18, 2014.  Prior to the start of the game, as in other sports, the national anthems of both countries were to be sung.  The vocalist took to the ice to sing the U.S. national anthem and the crowd stood out of respect.  As the woman began to sing, the microphone began cutting out and it was obvious that there were technical difficulties.  Within a few words, the predominantly Canadian spectators immediately joined in with the Americans to complete the singing of our national anthem.   It sounded like the anthem was being sung with surround sound because it was so loud.

There are so many things I appreciate about this event.
* People didn’t wait for a committee to be formed to decide what they should do.
*Fans from both countries recognized a need and immediately responded to it.
*Respect for another country’s national anthem was held and displayed by an opposing team’s fans.
*People joined in because it was a kind thing to do and not because they had to.
*When something wasn’t up to par, what one person couldn’t accomplish alone, a crowd of people were able to do together.

For Jesus’ sake, may I, too, be quick to respond and show kindness.

Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Luke 6:31

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:12 

And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. 
I John 4:21 

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