Kindness doesn’t cost you much more than your attention, and occasionally, your time. It reaps immediate and eternal benefits for yourself and, more importantly, for others.
Practising kindness purges the toxins of selfishness and pride from your body, soul, and spirit.
If you haven’t practised the skill of kindness for a while, it might seem awkward at first. Where on earth do you find people to be kind to, you might ask yourself at first. Here is a tip. Look around. No, really. LOOK around. That’s right, set your smartphone down, take your earbuds off, lift your gaze and look around. Your phone won’t vanish, your music won’t die, no matter what the song said. Pay attention to your surroundings and the people in your surroundings. Become childlike, be curious. People watch. Allow your attention to be caught!
Recently, my attention was caught by a YouTube ad. A young boy on a crowded bus looks around. He spots an obviously dejected teenager – if her mascara-smeared, tear-stained face is any sign. His expression turns to one of sympathy, but she is not receptive. Undeterred, the boy looks at his only weapon at hand. A chocolate bar. He offers her a piece of his bar, and she reaches out after the briefest of seconds. She barely manages a weak smile in thanks, but it’s a smile, nonetheless.
It’s easy to extend kindness to someone who obviously needs a touch of kindness, but what about the person who doesn’t deserve it? Like the guy who is making puppy dog eyes at you as he’s stuck in a lane that is closed up ahead. Yeah, that guy. The one who just cut off two people in front of you only to find himself in a predicament. Do you let him in, or do you follow the lead of others who saw his prior actions and left him in the orange barrier jail of his own making? Here is a Bible verse to pull out of your back pocket at such times. Ephesians 4:31-32 – “All bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
I leave you with this quote by Ted Dekker. “Today, treat everyone you meet as if they’re going to be dead by midnight. Extend all the kindness and understanding you can, and do it with no thought of any reward.”
Let that truth sink in. You may be the last person given a chance to extend God’s kindness to a person before they leave this earth. Look for opportunities today to be kind.
ATTENTION: 2021 Zoom meetings are on a Summer schedule
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