Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like everyone is being so rude and inconsiderate? I know I feel that way whenever I drive on I-95. I think everyone is at their worst driving on that highway! Our world teaches us that we should think of ourselves above all else. It teaches us that we have to do whatever we can to get ahead, that we should push down everyone else all in an effort to succeed and advance. Sometimes that can manifest itself in major ways, like cutting someone down at work, or even in little ways like not holding the door open for someone so you can get in and out of the store faster and get on with your day.
It’s sad how kindness has become the anomaly in society today. It’s far more noticeable when a kind act happens because it has become rare. However, that is the very reason why we need to make the effort to recognize kindness whenever it does occur and, more importantly, demonstrate kindness ourselves. Job 6:14 says that “Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.” When we choose to not be kind to others, we are in essence rejecting God. We as Christians are called to demonstrate God’s love in this world and, when we don’t, we are choosing not to be like God in this world, not to step into our role as Christians. I know it’s easy to let the human side take over sometimes and focus on ourselves, but we are called to make every effort, and need to make every effort, to show God’s love through being kind and make every effort to show gratitude for those moments of kindness.
What’s an act of kindness that you experienced that you are truly grateful for?