Unbeknownst to me, instead of DJ eating his cheeseburger, he was making faces with it. Normally this would warrant a “talking to” but since it inspired a blog post, he got away with it. When I was in high-school and college, I was as mean as a snake. I justified it by saying, “it’s just the way I am.” When I was in my 20s and 30s, I softened a little–-I learned to curb verbal outbursts, but still spoke volumes through mean facial expressions and thoughts. Then one day, the tablimagee turned. In a united assault, I had three people be mean to me. It was ugly, unexpected and consequently spiraled me into a heavy depression. Now that I’m 42, and at the beginning of a new decade, my prayer is to leave my mean heart behind (because it is out of the heart, the mouth speaks). I’d like the last half of my lifespan to be from a heart that’s kind. I’d like it one day to be said, “she started mean, but finished kind.” If you have the propensity to be mean, don’t accept that. God didn’t make you that way. We lie to ourselves when we say “it’s just the way I am.” God is kind. We are made in God’s image. So we can be kind. Kindness IS a virtue that God has put in you. Sometimes, some of us need a little more aging to unleash it!

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