Kindness

Warmhearted, considerate, humane, sympathetic, giving and forgiving

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop.

A kind word is like a spring day.  Russian Proverb

If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.  Bob Hope 

  There is not enough kindness in the world. We are in too much of a hurry, have too many pressures, and do not take the time to do enough kind things for others. We have many rationalizations and excuses for our failing to practice as much kindness as we know we should. It is a sad commentary that describes the state of affairs in many of our lives. It goes along with why we have so many other issues in our lives. Our priorities are skewed; things that should be very important have found their way to the bottom of our priority piles.

    Teachers and philosophers have told us that one of our most important priorities should be those things that we choose to do for others. They have told us that doing these good things actually benefits us more than it does those that are receiving the kindness. When we do things out of love and concern, seeking nothing in return, we experience the best of feelings. How much good could be done if all of us donated a little bit of our time and money to others? What a better world we would have. We are all familiar with the precepts of the Golden Rule, but how often do we give it more than lip service? There have been many who have dedicated their lives to doing good and kind things for others. Mother Teresa’s kindnesses were well known. There are many kind people who receive no recognition for their acts of kindness. There are many organizations dedicated to ‘kindnesses’ and benevolent acts. We do not have to belong to one of these. We have many opportunities to perform kind acts on a daily basis. All we have to do is to keep our eyes and ears open. We are too caught up in our rat race; and too often not seeing the forest for the trees.  

    We cannot become our best if we do not make kindness a higher priority in our lives. Personal issues such as insecurity, selfishness, narrowness, lack of fulfillment and others will improve as we become more conscious of being kind to others. There are causes and many people who need our help. We can make a difference. It does not take a lot to be kind. When we do nice things for others we are doing nice things for ourselves as well.   

Challenge: Think of all the opportunities that you pass by to do something kind for someone else. The kind act that you could have done for someone else might have been the highlight of their day. Be increasingly aware of these opportunities that are all around. Start responding to at least some of them. Slow down, pay attention, and give a little of your time and or money to help someone else. You will be much the better for it.

Wisdom: Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart, and secure comfort.  Sir Humphrey Davy

Spiritual: (NIV)

Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. Ecclesiastes 11:1

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Ps 32:8

Those who truly have love in their hearts are able to be kind and do things for others. It is hard to be kind when we are too hard or cold hearted. If we look in the mirror and do not like what we see, it is hard for us to be able to be kind and reach out to others. If we have God in our hearts, these things will change. We love ourselves, because we know that God loves us. God’s love becomes the foundation that allows us to love others.

Prayer: Help me to kind and good to others. Help me to share your love with others.

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