Minnesota Nice vs. Minnesota Kindness
Minnesota “nice” is a phrase we like to use around our area to refer to the good encounters that we have with people from our state.
People feel good when we smile and greet one another and genuinely show care and concern for one another. However, sometimes that Minnesota “nice” can turn into Minnesota “nasty.” As one friend of mine said recently, why does it seem that sometimes people from around here seem so nice to your face and when your turn your back to walk away that is when the gossip and the nasty comments begin? This is a point worth reflecting on for each of us in our area.
How do I speak and act to those that I am with? And how do I speak and act toward those that are not in my presence? If we profess Jesus as Lord then we should find ourselves being consistent in our speech and conduct with the way He spoke and acted.
During this holy season leading up to the birth of Our Savior Jesus Christ, we should find ourselves practicing Minnesota “kindness.” That is, we should seek out opportunities to genuinely serve those around us in love and offer words of encouragement without seeking repayment. A generous heart is a kind heart. A deceitful heart is a nasty heart. St. Paul instructs us with these words, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again, rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near (Philippians 4:4-5).”
As we draw near to the Lord during this sacred season let your love for Jesus be revealed in your kindness to all that you meet!