I’ve been thinking a lot about kindness recently. How one small gesture can make a persons day. How just a few words can lift someone up. How being kind can break down walls and melt even the coldest of hearts.
Over the past few years, I’ve learned a lot about kindness. I’ve had some experiences that have made me think a lot about the positive effects that a small act, a few words, or even a friendly smile could have on someone. You never know what someone is going through, what kinds of things have happened to them, or what has impacted who they are. Cinderella’s mother was right when she told her to “have courage and be kind.”
The two go hand in hand – sometimes it takes courage to be kind. Cinderella didn’t know why her step-mother and step-sisters were so mean, yet she still chose to be kind to them. It was very difficult, and it took lots of courage, but she always did her best to show them kindness. And that’s how we should be, too.
I have been faced with situations where showing kindness was extremely difficult, and I’m sure you have, too. However, if you choose to stick with it and continue to be kind, you will experience how big of a difference it can make not only in someone else’s life, but in your own as well. Having the courage to be kind in difficult situations and seeing the results can really change the way you interact with people, and make you think about the difference you have the chance make.
Many verses in the Bible express the importance of kindness, such as Ephesians 4:32 -“Be kind to one another, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Proverbs 21:21 also says, “Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and life.” God wants us to be kind to others, and to honor Him through it, but how exactly can we do that?
Showing kindness doesn’t require spending a ton of money. In fact, most acts of kindness are completely free! That’s what makes it so amazing – it’s one of the best gifts you can give someone, yet it costs nothing!
Some fun ways that you can show kindness to others are…
- Bake cookies for your neighbors or friends
- Let someone go in front of you in line
- Give a stranger a compliment
- Hold open doors for people
- Do yard work for someone
- Cook a meal for your family
- Send a letter to someone rather than a text/email
- Wash someone’s car
- Make music for others
- Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while
- Do extra chores without being asked
- Spread some encouragement online
- Share Bible verses/quotes with others
- Take the time to listen to someone
- Paint or draw someone a picture
- Invite someone over for a meal
- Take your siblings on a picnic
These are just a few simple ways you can spread kindness with others, and whether its giving a compliment, baking cookies, or simply smiling at someone, whatever you do will surely radiate the love of Jesus in you.
Have a great week, and remember – have the courage to be kind!