What does it cost to be kind?
In a world full of hurt sometimes it may feel as though we can’t make a difference.
But we can!
Love suffers long and is kind…
The love and generosity from our heart is an unending resource that we can tap into every day. As we are filled with the power of the Holy Spirit we can be a sweet smelling aroma as we interact with one another in a world that is without hope apart from God.
What does it cost to be kind? Of course, the answer is nothing. In a fast paced world filled with busy schedules–including phone calls, emails, twitter accounts, and texts–have we forgotten the importance of kindness amongest strangers?
Do we ignore the people around us at the grocery store, laundry mat, and even, dare I say, bible study? Do we do this because we are glued to our cell phones, tablets and other technology?
Life is not about rushing from one task to the next. But it is about enjoying the people and places we are at in at the moment.
How can we unwrap God’s gift of the present if we are worried about tomorrow or we are stuck in the past.
Life is so much sweeter when we choice to open our eyes and interact with one another. Jesus said:
“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 14:6 )
Every day we have a choice to wear a smile on our face and to be a light that shines. Whether that means asking someone about their day and truly meaning it or helping a homeless man or woman on the street. However small or big the act of kindness may be it is always seen in God’s eyes.
God says, “We are the light of the world. ” (Matthew 5: 14) God is calling us to be his ambassadors for good. Sometimes we might not even know what that could mean.But in every way I know that it does mean to choose to be kind.
In the mist of the darkness if our words could be used to help someone who is faint of heart or is losing hope, we have done a beautiful deed unto the Lord.
Beauty lies in many shapes and forms. For example, we perceive beauty through all of our senses, like feeling the sun on our face, hearing the rippling water in a clear creek, and smelling the pleasant aroma of flowers. Yet, what is just as beautiful as God’s natural creations surrounding us, are you and I.
We were made for community. We were never meant to travel alone through valleys and mountaintops–highs and lows. In the cities that we live, and the places that we go, we were made to be part of something bigger than ourselves.
People, were what mattered to God, and that is what should matter to us too. He invested his time in people not material items but eternal matters. Because our relationships are not jut meant for this lifetime but for eternity.
Jesus had compassion for people. He was not only interested in the spiritual well-being of others, but their physical and emotional needs too.
In the gospel of Matthew, God performs a miracle by feeding 5,000 people. It also says that he was “moved with compassion” (Matthew 14:14). I think we all have the power to perform a miracle. Jesus shows us that by taking five loaves of bread and two fish, from a small boy, and making something more. Jesus thanked God for this small amount of food and then a miracle accord. There baskets were overflowing with food. The bible tells us that after everyone ate, twelve baskets of food were left over.
Ephesians 3:20 tells us, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Just like the miracle of feeding 5,000 people from a small amount of fish and bread, God can do great things in, and through, us if we place our faith in him.
Don’t ever doubt that you might be the miracle that someone needs today.
We should open our heart and mind to the opportunities that God might have prepared for us to show a simple act of kindness.
We may not be able to feed 5,000 people but we can feed one.
We may not be able to lend an ear to all our friends and family, but we can listen with patience and understanding sometimes.
We may not be a newscaster on television speaking to an audience of millions, but we can make a difference even if its to an audience of one.
Pity is defined in Webster’s dictionary as: A strong feeling of sadness or sympathy for someone or something.
Empathy is defined in Webster’s dictionary: As the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions.
Do you see the difference? When we pity someone we may know just enough about their situation or plight to feel sadness, but it doesn’t necessary move us to action– but the word empathy does.
We all feel pity in some degree watching the news, a neighbor, a friend, a co-worker, or family member. But it is not enough. We need to get involved. Empathy is sharing another person’s experience when we are up close and personal, instead of standing at a distance.
When we have empathy we understand another person’s situation. And this often prompts us to make a difference on their behalf by acting in a positive manner. You never know where someone has been until you have walked a mile in their shoes. Don’t just assume they are just fine. Speak life into their heart and mind by being their friend even if it only for a moment.
The bible says in 2 Chronicles 16:9:
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him that the Lord looks to and fro looking for someone that he can use on his behalf.”
So often we think of sin as an act that we commit against God or another, which is absolutely true. However, we don’t discuss enough the sin of omission. That means when we fail to do what we know we should– this is a sin as well. Simply put, if we see someone going through hard times and we can do something to help and we don’t, we are sinning.
It’s a lot to think about. It’s enough to make me remember that I was made for a purpose–to love and serve others. God want to use us! He wants us to take part in good works because when we bless others we are blessed too. He wants us to experience love through helping others. And allowing us the opportunity to be the miracle in another person’s life.
My plan is to try not to pass up the opportunity to be kind, because I just don’t know the impact I might have on someone’s life. And, I believe that I might even be the miracle that someone has been praying and waiting for.
Whoever says that they don’t have the power to change the world…has never tried. We can with one kind act at a time.
Do you have the power to change the world? Sure you do. Even if you make a difference in one person’s life you have made the world a better place for both you and I.