Imagine this scenario: You’re backing out of a parking space and you almost hit the car behind you. You don’t hit it, but you come close enough that both you and the other driver are rattled.
The other driver gets out of his car and begins yelling and berating you for your poor driving skills.
How would you react?
If you’re like me, you’d get defensive. What the other driver is saying might be true, but because he’s not speaking kindly, my first reaction would be to find fault in something he was doing rather than acknowledging my responsibility in the almost-accident.
Now imagine the same scenario. Only this time the other driver merely waves in acknowledgement that you didn’t hit his car. With a smile, he drives off.
In that situation, I would feel really badly about my driving mistake. And I’d be thankful that nobody got hit.
I was doing my morning devotions the other day, reading Acts 28, when I was struck by a particular phrase. The ship, which held Paul and his captors, had just wrecked on the island of Malta. This is what happened when they arrived on shore.
The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. Acts 28:2 NIV
The islanders showed unusual kindness. What was so unusual? They welcomed the ship’s crew and built a fire to warm them.
That shouldn’t be unusual, but it was then, and it is today.
What if we committed to making kindness a common occurrence? We may not be able to change the world, but we can show kindness to those who cross our paths each day.
When the grocery store checker is slow, smile. When a driver cuts you off, wave. When someone needs a helping hand, help.
Kindness matters, not only in the big things, but in the little things. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, kindness should flow easily from us to those around us. And it’s the little acts of kindness that set you apart from the rest of the world.
People notice kindness. And when they ask you how you can be so kind, you can introduce them to Jesus, the source of your kindness.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 ESV
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