11 November 2011

Kindness can Change the World

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak
but their echoes are truly endless” - Mother Teresa

Definition of  kind•ness  - the practice of being or the tendency to be sympathetic and compassionate, behaving in a way that shows consideration and caring, an act of good will.

Kindness is one of the Fruits of the Spirit, along with love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

I believe in the magic of kindness! I love the warm, fuzzy feeling that you get when you give or receive kindness. I love to see the sad look in someone’s eyes turn in to a twinkle. I love to brighten someone’s day when I know that there may be no one else to do so.

How do I find the magic?

By asking myself 4 little words ... “How can I help?”

What does kindness look like to you?  

Is it a kind word, an unexpected note of appreciation, encouragement from a friend, a shoulder to cry on, the generosity of a stranger, or a hug from your child?

To me, kindness is seeing the needs of others and doing what I can to help meet those needs.

Words have power – they can motivate, inspire, express emotions, and bring joy.

Actions have power – they can lend a helping hand, bridge the generation gap, offer safety, and represent the hands & feet of Christ.

Psalm 139:23 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts.” Our love for God gives us the desire to be kind to others. Why not ask the Holy Spirit to give you “spiritual eyes” to see those needing the kind words and actions that are filling your heart today?

Here is a link to an amazing short inspirational video filled with quotes on “kindness” ... http://www.powerofkindnessmovie.com/

It’s Friday, Let’s Sparkle ... action required ... Did you know that World Kindness Day is coming up Sunday, November 13?

Kindness begins like a ripple of water. When we do something “kind” it has an impact on the receiver, they may even feel like doing something for someone else, and so on, and so on, and so on.

Below are a few suggestions taken from the Random Acts of Kindness website ...

• Holding the door open is a polite and thoughtful act you can easily do for your family, friends and even strangers, every day. Whether you’re at school, the grocery store, at work, or at home, those around you will certainly appreciate your good manners.

• Picking up groceries can be an especially kind act for an elderly neighbor who isn't able to get out much. Simply knock on their door and see if you can pick something up for them while you are at the store. This is most helpful to do when you know bad weather is approaching.

• Saying hello to someone, even if you don't know them, is a common courtesy. It means you are acknowledging their presence; you are saying that they are a person, too, and that they are important enough for you to say hello to.

• Show someone (your mom, your wife, a friend) you love them by surprising them with flowers when they least expect it. So often flowers are sent on birthdays or anniversaries. Send flowers to your loved ones on any day!

Leo Buscaglia once said, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

God saw broken, hurting, suffering people– and sent his Son to offer hope and to rescue them. Christ showed us the best examples of kindness ... shouldn’t we follow His example?

Have a blessed weekend.
God’s Peace, Donna Weaver

“Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.”
- Author Unknown

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