Today's topic is kindness. The prayers are on page 33.
First a word from Brooke, "Remember, kindness is not something that comes naturally. We're selfish, sinful beings who mostly want our own way. No, kindness is a learned art, usually caught by experiencing it first hand from the hands of the people closest to us." I believe that too and my words wouldn't have been better than hers.
Here's what I've experienced with kindness.......it can change a person's world. I am not always kind. It's not that I mean to be unkind, it's just that I'm as selfish and self-focused as anyone else on the planet. There are excuses like 'there's a lot going on in my life right now'. But that's all they are, excuses. I am haunted by one particular chance to be kind that I missed. I was at the grocery store just after my daughter's diagnosis with leukemia (did I mention the excuse of there's a lot going on in my life right now?). My mom was waiting in the car with D so that she wouldn't be exposed to the germs at the grocery store. Apparently on my way to the car I walked right past an elderly woman that was struggling with her cart or bags. I didn't even see her. My mom casually mentioned it when I got back in the car. I missed Jesus that day when I missed the opportunity to show kindness. It's stuck with me......I make it a point now as I go through the days of being kind to a stranger every day. The opportunities are everywhere! One of my favorites is that I simply shared a kind word with the lady in the parking garage booth at the hospital one day. She cried just because I was kind to her, saying she'd had a really bad day and thank you for your kindness. That's also stuck with me. I want to show my children kindness and how to be kind to others as well. I don't want them to miss Jesus!
Praying for you all daily!