In a world of selfishness and violence, kindness is in short supply. That’s why any act of kindness, no matter how small, is newsworthy. Jesus established the standard for kindness when He said, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27).
This principle can give you a quick and easy test to determine whether you are showing kindness to others. In any situation, you can just ask yourself, “How would I like to be treated?” The answer will be obvious to you, and then you can treat others in that same way.
Make every effort to show to others the kindness that God wants and expect of you. “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
If you desire to raise your kids to be kind, then you must be kind to them and show kindness to others. Kindness can be practiced in our everyday life including:
- Showing patience to the stressed out waitress at the restaurant (give her a smile, an encouraging word, and be patient)
- Thanking your child’s teacher for all of the hard work, preparation and effort they are pouring into your child
- Thanking the cashier by name at the grocery line
- Allowing a Mother with a distressed child to go ahead of you in line at the grocery store
- Visiting a retirement home and singing or reading to bed-ridden patients
- Visiting the cancer unit of the hospital and volunteering couple of hours to talk to the children
All of these acts are selfless and are entirely for others. When you involve your children in doing these things at an early age, you are instilling in them an amazing heart lesson and spiritual principle that they will have for the rest of their life. You are teaching them to BE like Jesus.
You can’t give away what you don’t have – so if you don’t think it’s important… well friends, than don’t be surprised when you’re children grow up then they don’t find it important to visit you.
“Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain
Christy Demetriades, Ph.D.