Saturday, February 19, 2011

Be kind.

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When was the last time you held a door for someone? How about gave someone a smile? Have you ever given up your spot in line to someone in a rush? Kindness doesn't have to be hard or trying, it just has to be sincere.

Random acts of kindness are some of the most beautiful things in life. They can completely turn someone's day around, bring a smile to someone with a permanent frown, or simply just show someone that you care. Sometimes that is what we long for most in life... knowing that someone cares about you, and is thinking enough about you to sacrifice something for your sake. I think the simple definition for kindness is simply putting others before yourself. It is learning to live looking for ways to help people, instead of letting those ways simply come to you. It is actively pursuing a generous and giving life.

So why is so hard for us to be kind all the time? I don't think its part of our human nature to look out for other people- we are taught at a young age to defend ourselves, before we think about defending others.So that means changing what we believe in, changing a lifestyle that we are so comfortable with, in order to step out on a limb and help others.

So I encourage you to try a few random acts of kindness today. See how many people you can get to smile. Take notice of how it makes you feel. I would bet that you will feel infinitely better about yourself after thinking about others... funny how that works? :)

"Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience."
Colossians 3:12



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