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The Power of Kindness
By Victoria Osteen - Nov 05, 2009
It's amazing what can happen when you are kind and considerate to others. Whether it's a friend, family member, or even a total stranger, simply being kind can open the door for God's favor and kindness to be poured back onto you.

A while back, my brother, Don, was out looking for a new car and thought he had found the one he wanted. The salesman was going to get him some additional information, so Don gave the man his phone number to follow up with him. Several days passed, and Don changed his mind about that particular car. One evening, Don had just come home after a long day at work and sat down to a wonderful bowl of hot noodle soup—his favorite on a cold night. He was just starting to relax when his daughter came running over with the phone. "Daddy, Daddy! There's someone on the phone for you." Reluctantly, Don took the call only to discover it was the salesperson from the car dealership. As soon as he said hello, the salesperson started going on and on about the car Don had looked at more than a week ago. Don was trying to be as nice as possible and said, "Thank you, but I've decided that car is not big enough, and I have changed my mind." The salesman went on and on about how great the car was, as if he didn't even hear what Don had said. Don just sat there staring at that big bowl of noodles—getting cold—trying to be as nice as possible. "Sir, I've changed my mind about that car," Don said, but the man just continued to try to talk Don into that car. "Would you like to speak with my sales manager?" he asked. Don took a deep breath and had several responses rolling around in his head when suddenly he heard himself say, "Yes." Immediately, he thought, did I just say yes? During the brief moment of silence, he kept reminding himself to be nice and courteous even though he really wanted to hang up so he could enjoy his dinner!

The manager got on the phone and introduced himself and said, "I just want to ask you a question—" "Thank you," Don replied, "but really, I've changed my mind about that car." The manager interrupted, "Are you Victoria Osteen's brother?" he asked. "Yes," Don responded. The manager continued, "I go to Lakewood Church, and even if you don't want that particular car, I want to help you find the car you want and get you the very best price possible."

Don hardly knew what to say, but he was grateful he chose to be kind and courteous! Because of his response, God was able to bring him a divine connection. Several weeks later, the sales manager found Don the car he really wanted and gave him a price he could hardly believe.

God is no respecter of persons. He'll show you the same favor if you'll choose to be kind and respectful to people. Regardless of whether you are dealing with your spouse, children, grocery clerk, or a salesman on the phone; remember, you are God's representative. Be courteous, gentle, and kind to others and keep the door open for God to pour out His blessings on your behalf.

Be kind to one another… (Ephesians 4:32, NAS).
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