“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind.” Henry James
What does it mean to be kind?
“Kin” and “kindred” connote family. Kindred spirits are of like minds and hearts.
To be kind means to treat others like my kin, like family, with respect, care and compassion. To be and do something nice for them.
With all the derogatory, divisive rhetoric going around our world today, we could use more acts of kindness.
A smile. A warm greeting. (In the south where I’m from, that’s a given.) A gesture of welcome. A look in the eye that says, ‘hey you, we may look different, but I value you – you are precious in God’s sight and precious to me.’
Lots of folks are scared these days: scared of each other, scared to reach out.
But we are all kin – whatever our hue – human kindred.
Human beings and human doings that sometimes leave us undone.
Looking around it might seem too big for one person to do anything that matters.
Big acts begin with small acts done all the time.
Small acts of kindness.
Try one on for size today: a small act of kindness (or big one, hey!)
Virginia : )
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)