One thing that we can never do enough of or be forgotten for is our
kindness. We can never be kind to too many people in life and the more
kindness that we share with those around us, the more joy and happiness
will be imparted into their lives. There are so many people in this world
who are only interested in themselves and in what they are going through
and they do not take the time to invest in the lives of others. They see
kindness as unnecessary or something that “someone else” may be better at
than themselves. What we must realize is that kindness, generosity and
being selfless are all ways to show how much love we have in our hearts.
We can say we love everyone to know end, but if we don't put in some
effort behind it, then our words are all in vain. Just as the Bible says
that faith without works is dead, so it is with love and kindness.
These two must go together just as faith and works do. We have to show
kindness to all people including those who have done us wrong in times
past. The true measure of a man is not in how he treats his friends, but
it is in how he treats those who have hurt him in times past. When we
make an effort to show kindness, we will impart into the other person's
life pure love that is without motive. That is how we can show all people
the great love that God has placed within our hearts.
When we take the time to be encouraging, to give a simple gift, to listen
to someone else's problems, to impart some wisdom into their life or to
simply be a shoulder that they can lean upon, we are showing a kindness
that will never be forgotten. They may forget many things about you, but
they will never forget how you made them feel. When we speak to someone's
heart, that is an impartation that is eternal. I encourage you to see the
benefits of showing kindness to those around you. It may be your family,
your friends, your co-workers or complete strangers. It does not matter
who you are kind to, what does matter is that you make an effort to be
kind in any situation and show the love that emanates from your being.
Life is too short to spend it in hatred, in backbiting and in gossip. Let
us break from any past animosities and do our best to act as Christ's
ambassadors on this Earth and be loving, kind and tenderhearted towards
everyone we come into contact with. Leaving that type of legacy will keep
your memory alive in the hearts of everyone you have touched.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see how simple
it is to be a blessing to someone else. Take the time to invest in someone
else's life and you will find your life enriched beyond measure.
I ALREADY AM
When I was a teenager I was in a group of students who took a trip to
Pittsburgh. Being a country boy, I found it exciting just being in such a
big city. While most of the students headed for the mall, I decided to
tour the streets alone. It was almost Christmastime and the store windows
were filled with beautiful displays, full of joy and delight. I bought
several cinnamon sticks to ward off the chill and spent a while just
walking and looking at the sights.
At some point, however, the stores became less and less and the bars
became more and more. I realized I had crossed into a not so good section
of town. I saw a small bus stop and decided to sit and take a rest before
walking back. The bus stop was just in front of a grocery store and before
long an old woman in a tattered coat came out. She was carrying two large
bags in one hand. Her other hand held a cane that steadied her slow, shaky
walk. Her young, dark haired granddaughter clutched her coat as they made
their way to the bench. I smiled at them both and we joked and laughed for
a bit about how cold it was before the bus pulled up.
When it arrived, I picked up the old lady’s bags and carried them up the
steps. Then I helped her cherub faced granddaughter up them while her
grandma slowly climbed on behind us. I pulled out my last cinnamon stick
and gave it to the sweet girl while her grandma smiled her thanks to me. I
got off the bus and looked up to the window where the little, curly-haired
Child of God was waving goodbye to me. Then I started back to meet the
other students a little warmer at heart if not in body. As I was turning
the corner, though, a voice called out from an alley. “Hey man! Want to get
high?” I smiled without looking over and said, “No thanks. I already am.”
No drug in the world can ever match the high that comes from one kind act,
one shared laugh, one second of giving love, or one moment of making God
smile. Kindness is Heaven’s high.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Philippians 2:3-7 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in
lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not
every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the
form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself
of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in
the likeness of men.”
Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that
is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think;
but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure
John 13:12-15 “So after He had washed their feet, and had taken His
garments, and was set down again, He said unto them, Know ye what I have
done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If
I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash
one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as
I have done to you.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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