After over a year of God continually blessing 818 Ministries, it is time to officially apply to become a 501(c)3 nonprofit. As you know, this process is very time intensive and also very costly.
Once this is complete, it will open many fundraising doors and allow us to impact so many more lives by encouraging patients facing serious illnesses.
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Our hope is to atleast have our application completed and sent in by the end of the year (hopefully even quicker than that!).
Our prayer is that the Lord provides during this season of growth as we know He is more than capable of and that we will be good stewards as a ministry.
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Be…Kind. by Robin Dotson
II Peter 1:5-9, Ephesians 4:31-32
II Peter 1:5-9 - And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
The Bible tells us many things we can and need to strive to be as Christians. As I started making a list, it got longer and longer. Here are some of the most obvious ones-
Be...a witness - Isaiah 43:10
Be... faithful - Hebrews 11:6
Be...thankful - I Thessalonians 5:18
Be...honest - Luke 16:10
Be...loving - John 13:35
Be...patient - Psalm 27:14
Be...content - Hebrews 13:5-6
Be...humble - I Peter 5: 6-7
Be...forgiving - Colossians 3:13
Be...willing, available - Matthew 16:24
There are more of course, but the one I want to look at doesn't really take as much effort to "BE" as some of the others. To just be...kind. I think this would solve many of the world's problems, but I won't get into that. It's a simple thought but has a ring to it similar to the all famous Nike slogan...Just Do It!
What is kindness? Is kindness looking for a way to brighten someone's day? Is kindness reaching out to help someone who is needy? Is kindness seeing the elderly lady struggling to reach the top of the cereal aisle and reaching up for her? Is kindness watching your coworker get a promotion and congratulating her with joy even though you wanted that job? Is kindness apologizing first, even though you may not be at fault? Now wait a minute! That's not so easy.
Kindness is the basis for so many things we can "BE" in this world. We can sow seeds of kindness every day that make us a better witness. Have you ever seen anyone with big time road rage pass you with a spiritual bumper sticker? We've all seen things like that and have maybe been guilty ourselves of some of the same things.
I can remember a day I was sitting at a red light making a left turn and the truck coming toward me wasn't going quite fast enough and I was afraid I wasn't going to catch the light. So I proceeded to throw up my hands in irritation as he passed, only to find out later it was my best friend's husband driving the truck. He thought it was funny but it was embarrassing as well.
Have you ever been out to lunch after church, and witnessed other Christians who you knew had been to a worship service treating the waitress with total disrespect? Can you imagine how this lack of kindness might look to a non-Christian? And what does the Lord think when He looks down on His child treating someone poorly?
We often like to blame our lack of kindness on the fact that we are just "too busy" to be patient with the lady trying to order her sandwich or the gray-haired man walking way too slowly into the convenient store. Is everything in our lives so important that we just dismiss others as if they don't matter? Could we look within and see if we have an issue with time management and scheduling ourselves a little too thin?
"The highest form of wisdom is kindness." (Author Unknown)
Kindness is not rocket science but an approach to everyday life we could probably all improve on. We've become so efficient in communication that we have become rude in our one on one interactions.
Ephesians 4:31-32 - Let all bitterness and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
When I think of the way Jesus treated all people when He was here on earth, I often wonder what He thinks. Would He ask us to stop and breathe, put down our phones and look up to see if there is anyone around us who needs a smile or a kind