The Milk of Human Kindness
by Harold J. Sala
Who really counts in your life? The individuals who have influenced you probably haven't won the Nobel Prize or played in the Superbowl. No, the people who have made a difference in your life are those who touched you with generosity, made you feel worthwhile or helped you up the ladder one way or another.
Paul told the Galatians, "Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers" (Galatians 6:10). There is a phrase that describes this interaction between people quite well. It is "the milk of human kindness" - that indescribable something that causes someone to reach out and touch someone else.
In too many cases today the milk of human kindness seems to have curdled and gone sour. We're too busy and indifferent to focus on the needs of others. But the good news is the milk of human kindness has not totally evaporated. There was an instance when a family began to regularly attend the services at the church I was pastoring. I asked why they chose to attend there. The wife told me that she had been sick and confined to bed. A neighbor then began fixing meals and bringing them over. Then she showed up on a Saturday morning and cleaned the house.
"I thought, at first, she had an ulterior motive, but I learned that it was her faith that motivated her to reach out to us," she explained. "I said to myself, 'When I get well, we're going to her church and see what this is all about.' That's why we are here."
The world doesn't care about how much you know, but they certainly want to know how much you care.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. - James 1:27