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Spread Kindness

July 29, 2020

Leadership Notes

It was a headline that sort of made me sad. From MLive, July 27, 2020:

"Ice cream shop owner wants customers to stop yelling at staff over mask requirement."

Yep, you read that right. Some customers got so unruly, police had to be called. The owner took to social media to plead with people to be decent to her employees. Imagine treating teenagers working a summer job that way! I thank God Covenant Church people are all about spreading kindness.

I don't have any heroes. I'm not big on hero worship. A little too idolatry-ish for me. Dr. Thomas Sowell is one who comes close. He celebrated his 90th birthday last month. As part of the great black migration from south to north during the 1930s and 40s, Sowell's family moved to Harlem, New York. He was a Marine and then, ultimately, earned a Ph.D. from the economics department at the University of Chicago.

Here's the funny thing about Dr. Sowell. For most of his college days, he considered himself a Marxist. Later, he came to realize that free markets are the best way, especially for disadvantaged people. Many consider Dr. Sowell to be the American version of Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek (whose book, "The Road to Serfdom" ought to be required reading in every American high school}. I highly encourage you to read anything and everything you can find by Thomas Sowell.

Speaking of books, Bible reading has declined during this current pandemic. So, a caveat would be the Bible and Sowell. But the Bible first.

It seems every generation defines what normal is…and normal is whatever they are experiencing/embracing. We know things change. That's what life is about. Change. And God is the God of change. He is God of the living, not the dead. "Behold, I am making all things new." There is always going to be a new normal, normal being everything changes. Except God. And as everything around us changes, as long as we are living within the