But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. –Galatians 5:22-23
Two golfers stepped to the first tee on a local golf course. The elder of the two men was kind, while the younger was prideful and impatient. On the first and second holes, the young man made bad shots and began shouting at the caddie: “Keep your eyes peeled. I’m not here to do your job!”
Every bad shot thereafter seemed to be the caddie’s fault. After the first nine holes, the young man angrily discharged the caddie and carried his own bag. He said to his older companion, “I don’t like him. Thank goodness he’s gone!”
The older man said, “Several years ago, a kid from Yonkers, William, came here and was taken on as a caddie. He was a sweet-natured boy and everybody liked him. He had a club foot, but that didn’t affect his job. A doctor and member of the club became interested in William and took him south on a long trip.
“When they returned, William went back to caddying. The doctor, however, gave up golf for health reasons and died a few months later. I later played with William one morning and he gathered flowers all along the way. I asked him, ‘Who’s the girl?’ And he replied, ‘I haven’t any girl, sir. They’re for my friend, the doctor. Twice a week I take flowers to his grave.’ You see, the doctor took William down south to operate on his foot. He helped the boy, and William never forgot his kindness.”
The younger man said, “Now that’s a caddie worth having. What happened to him?”
The older man said, “He carried your bag today for the first nine holes.” (copied)
As we face the challenges of this day, let us yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to produce the fruit of kindness in our lives.