Today I salute all you who for whom acts of kindness are a lifestyle, not a random act. You who
- smile and chat with the cashier at the fast food drive through.
- choose to earn less so you can spend more time with your family.
- volunteer for nonprofits so that more of the funding goes to help those in need.
- express your gratefulness to those who provide a service or help you.
- make donations of time and money to those in need.
- greet strangers with a smile and eye contact.
- stand so the elderly can sit.
- call and/or visit your parents.
I could go on because I choose to see the best, not the worse in others. Although not always easy or even deserved, each time I acknowledge it I am encouraged.
In a culture where rudeness is common, acts of kindness are lighthouses in the dark. Illuminating the beauty residing in humankind. Reminding me love overcomes evil.
Each day you make choices. Choices that not only affect you and those in your circle of influence but also strangers. Today make the choice to be kind— tenderhearted— compassionate.
- Recognize kindness as strength. Kindness requires both wisdom and courage.
- Be generous with your time, talent and treasure.
- Remember what we share as fellow human beings. We all desire to be a part of something greater, to be happy, to be supported and comforted during seasons of change and loss.
- Cultivate an attitude of gratitude by recognizing the kindness others have extended to you and others.
- Practice active listening.
- Include those who others ignore.
- Do not gossip or slander others or listen when others do.
- Walk a mile in another person’s shoes before passing judgment.
As God graciously has showered kindness upon you, you are to do likewise. Overcome your fear, ignorance and hostility and extend the loving hands of Christ to others. This hurting world needs them!
Be a VOICE in the deafening sound of sameness!