Just Be Nice

(Proverbs 21:21 ESV) Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.


Life is not as hard as we make it sometimes. Like many people, I have a fairly active social media presence. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. It’s a way to stay connected with people around the world and across the street.

I sometimes grow weary with all of the self-help suggestions that fill my timeline. Some of the advice isn’t scriptural, and frankly, doesn’t even make common sense! We continue to scroll hoping to find that funny meme, gif, or quote that will usher in a successful new day. Another fitness fad, a new diet, or the latest pyramid scheme inspires hope that we will hit it big and find the elusive joy we’ve been seeking.

The writer of Proverbs suggests that finding life, righteousness, and honor is as simple as pursuing righteousness and kindness. Righteousness, in this application, means to do what is right. And, to pursue kindness means to BE NICE! Maybe I’m not as smart as I should be, but that seems fairly simple and straightforward.

We are capable of choosing to do what is right, and wrapping it in lovingkindness.

I don’t know about you, but, I sincerely want to be known as a man who lives life abundantly, and who does what is right when it is in my power to do so. If I do that, honor will be the natural result. That’s simple enough that even I can do that!


PRAYER: Father, help me to be a kind-hearted individual as I pursue Your righteousness today. May any honor that comes my way be returned to You and bring glory to Your name. Amen.