I have the usual stuff – health, home, hubz, hunky man-children. But also electric lights and curling irons, hot and cold running water on demand, and appliances that ease and expedite my life. For moms and dads and cars that start. For air conditioning and forced air heat. I’m thankful that I live in a country that stands for freedom. I can vote, continue my education and go to stores or movies without real fear of being blown up, hijacked or sold into slavery.
But my life has not been without tragedy. As a woman who has suffered loss, I will tell you it’s the kindness of friends and strangers alike that helped me make it through long seasons of sorrow. Most were followers of Jesus, but others were not. All of them shared my burden of grief. Their kindnesses helped make me well and whole and happy again.
And I am thankful.
Kindness is a universal language.
As I reflect on Thanksgiving today, I’m more sappy than silly. Sentimental about all the kindness shown to me and how it helped me, encouraged me and changed me.
Today, I hope you’ll join me in speaking and doing acts of kindness whether you feel like it or not. It will change you, it will change your recipient. It will demonstrate the love of God to a world of hurting and broken people.
Today, will you choose kindness?
- Send a card.
- Make a call.
- Write an actual letter.
- Invite someone to coffee.
- Pick up the check.
- Say something complimentary.
- Notice a job well done and mention it.
- Smile at strangers and smile at your family.
- Always use please and thank you.
- Listen attentively.
I’m sure there a million more that you can think of so exercise your creative juices and choose kindness today … and tomorrow … and the day after that … and the day after that … and the day after that.
You get the idea, right?
I am thankful for you! Truly I am.
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It would be a great kindness to me and perhaps a woman shopping in desperation for a story that offers her some real hope for a better life.
Scripture Refresher: Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 NIV
Prayer: God, I want to be kind. Remind me of all that the kindnesses you have shown me so that I can demonstrate kindness to others. Amen.