“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” (Mother Teresa)
Being kind and good to others brings happiness which is contagious, causing others to be happy! One of the surest signs of our strength is kindness, because it shows that we are confident and self-assured. Galatians 6:10 says, “therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Being thoughtful and gracious to those that cross our path daily is a way of living that keeps giving long after the kind thoughts, words, and actions have taken place. Acting with kindness is a wonderful idea, but often it gets overlooked in the business of our lives, and/or we become too comfortable with one another to offer words of kind-heartedness and compassion. However, just one small act of kindness, or words of comfort and thoughtfulness, can not only change our day for the better, but it can also end up having a remarkable impact on those around us! When we give away our kindness to someone it’s not gone---it’s invested!
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” (Princess Diana)
With an attitude of generosity, our experience of life will rise and soar to a higher level of richness and blessing. It’s so important to maintain an optimistic attitude to ensure that our acts of kindness are sincere and committed with genuine joy and cheerfulness rather than out of a sense of duty. We shouldn’t ask for anything in return because the greatest kindness expects nothing and comes with no strings attached. When we give without wanting anything in return it opens our hearts to a greater sense of peace, love, and joy. There are always opportunities to help those who can never pay us back, but compassion has a greater reward than any payback ever could! We should seek the honor that comes from God instead of wanting our egos massaged by the praise of other people.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
We live in a world where everything we do makes a difference, and when we are kind it affects more than just the person in front of us. We don’t have to do something big and recognizable to make a difference and we won’t necessarily change someone’s life with our acts of kindness, but smiles, thoughtful words, and encouragement do make a difference and can have a ripple effect even if we don’t see it. It only takes a small effort to give a little kindness, and the joy we send out never leaves us. Instead it carries us along and multiplies itself again and again until it starts to make a big difference. We don’t need to look very far to find someone who deserves and appreciates kindness when we consider all the people that cross our paths each and every day. And even the smallest act of kindness can make a difference in someone’s day; the tiniest act of kindness may be a blessing that they will always remember!
“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)
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