Kindness brings light to dark places. Think about it. Just one minor act—a smile, a word of encouragement, a helping hand—can change the direction of a person’s day. It’s so simple, yet we often plow right by opportunities to show it.
I blame busyness. We are in such a hurry we don’t slow down to listen or notice occasions where we can do the kind thing. We would offer help; except we don’t want to be late. We would have listened to that lady’s story, but she repeats herself a lot, and we just don’t have that kind of time.
If we knew just how much the kindness would mean, we would take it more seriously. Like if I knew helping my neighbor with her groceries would brighten her day, then I would definitely put my book aside and go out and help.
But since we don’t know, we stay put and tell ourselves it wouldn’t mean much. We even convince ourselves the kindness may, in some way, be offensive. We better not do it.
Perhaps the actual enemy to kindness isn’t our hurried lives, but our selfishness. Our candid preoccupation with how the world sees us. And although most people desire to live kind and caring lives, they also don’t want to be intrusive or pushy.
I’m so guilty of this. I often talk myself out of any acts of kindness for fear of being seen as weird or worrying I might somehow offend or intrude.
Kindness doesn’t think that way. Genuine kindness flows from consideration and empathy. It notices someone else and says they matter. And it spends very little time worrying about how that will look.
And a lot of times kindness stands alone. No thank yous follow it. The world doesn’t stop and notice. Everything moves along as usual, except for the one person it touched.
That person feels it. Deep down in their heart, they know something special just happened—something different, and even if they don’t notice you or sing any praises at all, your kindness points to God.
God offers us an abundance of kindnesses every single day. With the pinks and oranges of the sunrise, he wishes us a good morning. In the breeze, the heat of the day diminishes. The rain brings nourishment. The birds sing. The stars twinkle.
He shows us constant kindness in loving us despite our rebellion.
And he works through us to pour out his kindness upon a darkened world.
The world needs the light of kindness to beat back the lies that tell people they have no value. Kindness triumphs over the harsh reality of abuse, struggle, and hurt. One act of kindness can be a light shining in the darkest night.
May God help us shine brightly with his love as we strive to show kindness in our world today. Read these verses and find your rest in the kindness of God.
“Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.”
Psalms 26:2 – 26:3
“Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.”
“For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.”
“Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.”
“Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.”
“Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.”
“Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.”
“Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.”
“Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.”
“How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.”
Psalms 63:3 – 63:4
“Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.”
“Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.”
“I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.”
“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”
Psalms 103:2 – 103:4
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;”
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