There’s something about backing up and updating iPhones on an iMac which is starting to show its age that tests my patience in a particular way. It leaves my teeth clenched and my frustration levels high. (So. High.) There is also a whisper of a longing for the rotary telephones of my youth ...
But I digress.
Here’s a new (to me at least) thought, courtesy of the April 1, 2019 episode of The Lazy Genius Podcast hosted by Kendra Adachi: On the episode in question, guest Emily P. Freeman mentioned practicing the spiritual discipline of being relentlessly kind to herself. (This was before the ten-minute mark, you guys. That is how good this podcast is.) And I had to pause, let it register in my brain. Because, wait - what? Be relentlessly kind?To myself?
What a radical idea. Even as I know it’s a fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5 in the Bible. Even as I know how far too hard I can be on myself at times. The thought of practicing relentless kindness toward myself seems ... foreign.
And yet is that not what Jesus does for all of us, day after day?
Not that His kindness is wishy-washy, ‘do what you want - it’s all good’! No, there is a firmness to it still. There are boundaries — all for our own good. But there is not the harshness, the meanness I too often show my own self.
What would it look like if I showed *me* the relentless kindness Jesus shows me when I mess up? Make mistakes? Fall short?
I truly do want to find out. And if that is something you also struggle with, I hope you’ll discover how that looks for you.
Happy Wednesday, everyone. Let’s practice relentless kindness to ourselves and each other.