Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Today we say “Yes” to Kindness and “No” to Rudeness. Demonstrating Kindness is one of the easiest ways to make a difference in our world. We live in a world that rarely recognizes it and almost never rewards it, so when Kindness surfaces it is special and memorable. Showing Kindness doesn’t require much effort or cost any money. The only thing it takes is an awareness of our surroundings and just a little bit of time.
Take a few moments and think of a recent act of Kindness that may have been demonstrated to you. How did it make you feel? Did it make a difference in your day? Chances are, when someone showed Kindness to you it inspired you to show Kindness to another person. Kindness is contagious and can travel from one person to another very quickly.
Kindness is easy. When a work colleague frustrates us, we can be Kind. When a family member makes us angry, we can be Kind. When the clerk at the store charges us the wrong price, we can be Kind. Consider Jesus’ encounter with a man afflicted with leprosy. Despite the man’s open wounds and pitiful physical state, Jesus reaches out and touches him, healing the man from his sickness (Matthew 8:1-4).
It’s unlikely that any of us will encounter someone with leprosy today. However, we may face a situation that makes us feel as though the other person doesn’t deserve a response of Kindness. This is the time to remember that because of God’s Kindness we have the opportunity for Eternal Life.
Say “Yes” to Kindness and “No” to Rudeness!