Kind. Showing you care about other people; not causing harm or damage.
I don’t think I’m any better than others when it comes to being kind. I’m sure I’m not completely horrible at it either. Sure I care for others. Sure I don’t think I’m causing harm or damage. But my opinion of myself doesn’t mean that I have never or won’t ever again be on the giving end of being unkind.
I bought the shirt in the picture as a reminder to myself to be kind to others. The older I get, I realize I need those reminders more often. Lately, I have been on the receiving end of some very unkind words and actions. Both directly and indirectly from people close to me and from complete strangers. In fact, it’s sort of a thing in my life. But why? Sometimes it is because I’m not being kind to myself first. That sometimes gives others permission to be unkind to you as well. I’m guessing I’m not alone in this either. One thing is certain; it doesn’t feel good to receive unkindness from yourself or others. Through it, God has been convicting me and bringing to the surface ways I have been the offender to others and myself. That is harder to acknowledge, but is necessary in my growth.
As I looked up the word KIND, I also looked up a couple Bible verses that I have had handwritten on my desk in the past for encouragement.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22 HCSB.
“All bitterness, anger, wrath, shouting, and slander, must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” Ephesians 4:31-32 HCSB.
If I’m going to say I love God and love others, it would be SO awesome if my heart AND actions actually lined up with God’s word and how I am to love those around me. I know that I won’t get it right all the time, but I am striving to do and be a better loving human than I was yesterday. So I welcome the reminders. I welcome the convictions of my heart when I am unkind. I open my heart to being kind to those around me, even if people think I’m crazy for doing so. Even to those who have not been so kind to me, continuously. Even to myself when it gets tough. I’ve been each of those people. I’m ready to be more kind tomorrow than I am today and am hopefully more kind today than I was yesterday.
How about you? Are you being kind to yourself? Will you join me in being kind to others, continuously? What are some ways you are being kind to yourself or others? What are some ways that others have shown their kindness to you that really made an impact?