Kindness

Twin Curved PalmsWarmhearted, considerate, humane, sympathetic; empathetic, 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 way too much of a hurry, have too many pressures, and do not take 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. Our priorities are skewed; things that should be so very important have found their way to the bottom of many of our priority piles.

    Teachers and philosophers have told us that one of our most important priorities should be the things that we choose to do for others. They have told us that doing good things for others actually benefits us more than it does those that we do them for. When we do things out of kindness and concern, seeking nothing in return, we often 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 help 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 the priority it deserves? Many 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 to be kind. If we will keep our eyes and ears open, we will have ample opportunities to be kind. Some of us are just too caught up in our own rat race; and too often we cannot see the forest for the trees.  

    We cannot become our best if we do not make kindness a higher priority. Our personal issues such as insecurity, selfishness, narrowness, lack of fulfillment and others will improve by our becoming better at being kind and considerate. There are people and causes needing our help. We can make a difference. It is not such a heavy burden to be kind. When we are doing nice things for others, we are also doing nice things for ourselves.   

Challenge: Think of all the opportunities that you pass up 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. They are all around. Start responding to at least some of them. Slow down, pay attention, and give a little time and or money to help someone else. You will be so 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. When we look in the mirror and do not like what we see, it is hard to be kind and reach out to others. If we have God in our hearts, these things will change. We will learn to love ourselves, because we know that God loves us. God’s love in us becomes the foundation that allows us to love others.

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

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