In this day and age kindness is a rare quality. We seem to live in a ‘every man for himself’ attitude. Simple acts like paying for someone’s meal or offering someone a ride or just a simple smile to a stranger are becoming rare.
I saw a bumper sticker once that said, ‘Smile. It makes people wonder what you’re up to.’ Simply offering to help someone is questioned. We have bred cynics. We live with distrust. We don’t take anyone at their word anymore, because we don’t trust anyone.
There are plenty of kind people. We just don’t trust most of them. Business people who are only nice because it affects their bottom line or religious people who are nice because they want to ‘convert’ you to their point of view all add to the age of distrust.
We should remember that “Love is Kind.” In Christ, kindness is a fruit of the spirit. It becomes a part of who we are in Christ. It should flow, not because it affects our bottom line, or because it means someone will be more receptive to ‘our message.’ It should be a part of who we are because it is who we are in Christ.
Start with a smile to a stranger. Maybe say something nice to someone you particularly don’t like. If they say something stupid of mean in return, just smile and walk away.
Be blessed, be a blessing.