A Heart that Serves; Creating a Culture of Kindness in Your Home or Business
By Kayla Howard
Competitive people trying to build themselves up by tearing others down are saddening me this week. Sometimes you just want to tell someone, “you know, knocking others down doesn't make you taller.”
Discrediting people, presenting arguments against their work, living to prove how your product is better than anyone’s product—those are evil spirits of comparison and jealousy.
Agreeing with those spirits is dangerous to a living culture.
If you’ve played with sourdough bread or homemade sauerkraut, you know what “living cultures” are and how they work. They need good bacteria which are strong and healthy. When bad bacteria get in the batch, it kills everything and makes it turn putrid and rotten.
The same thing happens when we live to put others down; our own life turns putrid.
I’ve seen this taking place inside the small business world. People fight and argue about which essential oil is the best. They spend all their time digging up dirt on another company to prove they are inferior.
This also happens within my home, between my own children. “That picture you drew isn’t pretty.”
And you are thinking, “Where in the world did that come from?”
Evil is present in this world. Foolishness is bound up in our hearts from our beginning. Our only hope is getting a new spirit and a new mind from God.
Even after we receive new life from Christ, our minds will likely still need more work.
If you want to have a culture of honor that is vibrant and healthy in your home, or in your business, or in any environment that you influence, consider these alterations to how you operate.
Cultivate Kindness. This is really essential. How you treat the least of these, aka, children, is telling on the condition of your heart. Children can really do nothing for you—you can’t be kind to them in exchange for money or a service they will provide. Kindness isn’t something you just add to your life, it’s an attitude that flows from the heart. Clean up your heart and fill it with truth then kindness will naturally flow.
Intentionally Serve. Refer to your business people, as your team. In fact, I refer to our family as a team. We keep our house clean as a team because we all function better in a clean environment. We serve each other by being a valuable and functioning part of the team. Train your team to look for ways to serve people.
Refuse to Agree with Evil. Speaking curses over your home and business like, “I’m so behind,” “I have more to do than I can get done,” or, “this is so hard,” is making an agreement with negative thoughts and giving them power over your life.
Keeping the culture clean within your circle of influence is vital to a healthy life.
Now— it’s clean up time!