Thought for the Week, January 7 2022

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When my brother was young, he wanted to be a fireman when he grew up. I wanted to be a ballet dancer.

He followed a very different path. I have always had a love of dance, even to this day.

Did you aspire to be anything in particular? And has your life gone in that direction or taken you elsewhere?

In Charlie Mackesy’s book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, the mole asks the boy: ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’

‘Kind,’ says the boy.

This simple but profound quote came to mind again this week as a group of us were talking about good and evil in the world.

It seems to me that the bad things make the headlines far more than the ‘good news’ stories.

Thousands, probably millions, of acts of kindness go unnoticed by anyone other than the person to whom that kindness is done.

Towards the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says this: ‘So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.’

As we begin a new year, for many it’s a time to reflect on the year that is past.

I wonder what kindness was shown to you or by you?

And how do you picture the year ahead?

These past two years have been challenging in so many ways, and the next few months may not be so different.

But kindness knows no boundaries and perhaps it is a positive way to step into the new year – acknowledging the kindness you receive and going the extra mile to show kindness to another.

Reverend Chris Fulcher, Church of Scotland, South Kintyre Team Ministry.