I am in my fifth month of writing about the Fruit of the Spirit. This month’s attribute is kindness.
A definition of kindness: the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate; a kind act.
I’m writing about this topic the week the tornado struck Oklahoma and surrounding areas. Along with the rest of the country, I watched in horror as this storm tore through Moore, OK and flattened an elementary school. I watched through tears as the rescue mission turned into a search and recovery one. And as I continued to watch, I saw what always happens during a disaster….strangers, ordinary people, and by-standers began helping. No one asked them, no one instructed them; they knew what needed to be done and did it!
Most of us grew up hearing and learning this verse: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12
You may have heard it called The Golden Rule. We are taught as young children to treat people the same way we want to be treated. This is exactly what the people in OK did and what you and I have the chance to do daily- look for opportunities to be kind.
But we don’t have to wait for a disaster to extend kindness! In fact, it’s the little things that can mean the most. I recently asked friends to share on my facebook page how someone had shown them kindness. The comments were amazing! Friends shared how people prayed for them, came and did their laundry while they were sick, or brought a special gift. Others shared how people had given their family hand-me-downs for their 4 children or gave comfort at the hospital right after they had received a difficult diagnosis. And, even things that appear small like calling a friend just to say hi, were listed as acts of kindness. Sometimes these acts of kindness came from family and friends, and sometimes from strangers!
This week, I’d like to challenge you to start looking around your world. Take notice of the people around you who could use a smile, a door opened, or a hug. And then begin noticing how you can take that kindness a step further- sharing your time and money to extend kindness to others. Begin today to do for others what you’d like others to do for you!