Monday, September 17, 2012

A Touch of Kindness

It is so easy to be kind to someone else when things are going well
When life and relationships are simple and everything is falling into place
Giving kindness is actually a joy to give in these circumstances

But what about when things are not going well?

What then?

When the server at the restaurant forgets to leave the dressing on the side
Or that car salesman that keeps following me when all I want to do is "look"
When someone I love forgets my birthday
Or a friend disappoints

When I feel empty and undone
from all the chaos in my life
and yet
no one seems to notice
due to the fact that they are wrapped up in their own world

 It is times like these when I should be displaying kindness the most

When I choose to be kind over self-focus,
my responses and reactions are so much sweeter

For, although I act like I am the center of the universe
I am not
And since I have that cleared up,
all the stuff that happens around me
should not cause me to react the way I want to react sometimes

Sometimes I don't want to be nice
I would rather stomp my foot,
grumble and make a scene

But, once I am done with that, nothing has changed
I don't feel better and now the other person
is either angry with me,
has totally written me off,
or I have crushed them

I don't know how their day has been
I don't know what their life is like
And they don't know mine either

We all need kindness

I need to give kindness.

Who am I to withhold it?
I sure know that if I am having an off day,
I hope someone will sprinkle a little kindness my way  

Being kind is such a wonderful gift to give to another
Especially when it is undeserved  

Of course, Jesus is our perfect model
The more I hang out with Him by reading the Bible and prayer,
the easier it is to be kind to others

Ephesians 4:32
And be kind to one another,
forgiving each other,
 just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Proverbs 3:3-4
Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good repute
in the sight of God and man. 

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