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Let Your Kindness Show

It seems like we’re promised multiple times in the Bible that life will be hard. Whether we decide to believe or not believe that there is a God who deeply loves us, we will still have struggles and trials and pain. No one is exempt and no one has it easy.

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 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” { John 16:33 }

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My heart can go from moments of extreme jealousy to extreme humbleness in a matter of minutes, from feeling bitterness at the “dream life” someone is living on Facebook to experiencing compassion for the father who is helping his disabled daughter go for a swim. It’s so easy to look at the lives we pass or are a part of each day and assume we know what they’re going through. We assume the friend who has it all together must be completely happy with her life because what else could she possible want, right?

I think opportunities are missed to share love and kindness with others because we think those people who have it all together aren’t the ones in need of it. I occasionally pay for the person behind me in the drive through lane and it would be easy to take a pass when a new, shiny Mercedes pulls up behind me instead of a beat-up Honda because a person who drives a new, shiny Mercedes couldn’t possibly need a free meal, right? They obviously have it all together by the looks of their car.

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See how easy it is to judge others by what we see? But Plato shared to, “be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” We all experience extreme ups and downs, extreme joys and pains. Life is a beautiful and wonderful journey that sometimes leads all of us down dark and lonely roads. Having money or a family or a second home or a great job doesn’t always make everything good and right in the world. Sometimes we just need a reminder that we’re all in this together. Sometimes we just need someone to be kind to us.

One of my co-workers shared with me that he’s working on being nicer to people because he recently realized that we’re all just trying to get through life so why should he be mean to those who get in his way. He often found himself being short tempered and irritated with others, and he has started combating that with kindness. Because when is being rude ever more effective than being kind? It’s changing the way he sees those around him and the way he views his own life.

I think even in the midst of our greatest joys, we are all still fighting a hard battle. The road home can feel long at times for each and every one of us, and just imagine what would happen if we started being more kind to those we meet along the way. What if someone stepped in to help me carry the heavy load I was dealing with, and in turn that gave me the strength to help someone else move the boulder that was blocking their way? How much easier it is to face troubles when we know we don’t face them alone.

Let your kindness show today. 

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This entry was posted on June 5, 2014 by in Do Good, Hope, Kindness, Life Lessons.

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