Kind Under Pressure by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

This week I was having a phone conversation with someone I had encountered at previous National Religious Broadcasters Conventions (NRB). She said, “I just want to thank you, Lisa, for always being so kind to me.” I was happy to hear that because NRB can be a pressure cooker. In the past we recorded multiple radio shows, and this week at the 2021 NRB Convention in Grapevine, Texas, we are taping four television and six radio programs. Combine that with other meetings and interviews, and it’s a packed schedule and a formula for edginess.

What about you? Do you have a tendency to be a little gruff when you’re sleep deprived, too busy, or a combination of both?

My attitude goal for this week can be found in Colossians 3: “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another” (Colossians 3:12–13 NKJV).”

I’ve been worried about what to wear each day at the convention. What outfit makes me look the thinnest? But as I put a wardrobe together, I believe the most important garment to put on is kindness.

2 Corinthians 5:20 says that we are Christ’s ambassadors, his representatives on earth. Over the years I have met many nationally known people in ministry who I would describe as “aloof.” I know they have scores of people stopping them as they walk through a building, and maybe it does get old, but what if that person trying to connect with them is a non-believer who recognized them? One humble, kind word from a leader of the faith might be enough to draw them to Jesus.

While I am not in that category of influencers, I will still meet many new people and desire to be kind—even under pressure. This week, I pray that I will greet everyone with a warm smile, that I will have opportunities to encourage others and won’t be so hurried that I miss opportunities to display the LORD’s love to his sons and daughters. I can only do this through daily prayer, and with Christ at work in and through me.

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Thank you so much for being a faithful reader of the Pearls of Promise blog. Because of our involvement in the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, we will be taking a week off from the POP Blog. We ask that you pray for us as we interview some of the leading evangelicals in our country. We want to use those interviews to reach the world with truth. We’ll be back on Tuesday, June 29th and I’m sure we’ll have many stories to share from NRB!

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