It’s another new week brimming with opportunities to “be kind” or to “be crusty”!
Who will you meet this week who could use a simple act of kindness? There are hurting people all around us. Maybe you know someone who is just lonely.
If you aren’t in the habit of showing acts of kindness, start with something simple. How about a smile and a kind word to someone?
Send a note of encouragement to someone who is going through a hard time. Or a thank you note to someone who has offered you help, gave you a gift or who simply means something to you.
Did you know that written words, or the lack of them send a strong message?
Anything nice you do for someone can be considered an act of kindness. Determine to do at least one kind thing a week and pretty soon it will come naturally to you.
As we take a look at kindness we need to realize that it is something that comes from within ourselves that we display outwards in what we say and what we do. When we say that someone is kind, we don’t usually mean they are kind to themselves but that they are kind to others. We see that kindness involves all of our relationships.
Think for just a minute about all of the people that you have in your life – your spouse, your kids, your in-laws, your friends, strangers, anyone you come in contact with.
How are your relationships with these people? If they were asked, would they say that you are a kind person?
In today’s society it’s very easy to come across those who are not kind. Lots of snarky jabs and put downs are common forms of communication these days. If you haven’t met many unkind people, you must not get out much!
Have you been to the grocery store or to a department store on a busy day?
Next time while you’re looking around or waiting in line at the counter listen to all the conversations around you. More than likely you’ll come across some unkind people speaking unkind words.
Christ wants us to be different. He doesn’t want Christians to be crawling out from behind “unkind” rocks.
“Be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you,” Ephesians 4:32.
“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto those who are of the household of faith,” Galatians 6:10.
Make this week count! Show kindness, even to mean people!
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.