This frustration can often lead to a strong emotional response. The outward expression is usually irritation and anger. An inward-held reaction is often depression. Either of these responses, while understandable, contributes to further pain in our lives.
There is another path, another response we can make with God’s help, to help heal our land and our relationships. That is by choosing the path of kindness.
In the midst of a fractured and contentious society, where people blame and demean one another with regularity, I believe we are starving for kindness. Country singer Tim McGraw’s most recent hit “Humble and Kind” has been heard and sung by millions. His refrain, “always stay humble and kind”, speaks to people on a heart level. We know deep inside we need kindness, now more than ever.
Albert Schweitzer said, “As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.” Perhaps Schweitzer was reading Proverbs 15:1: “A gentle (kind) answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
A kind word has an amazing power to soothe the soul. An act of kindness can lift a broken heart and give hope again.
Ben’s Bells is a Tucson-based movement that began as a grieving mother processed her pain by performing acts of intentional kindness. Over the past 14 years, many thousands of bells have been hung by thousands of volunteers to encourage someone. Such a simple act of kindness has inspired and impacted literally thousands, who then “pay it forward” to someone else.
Want to help heal your society, your family, your marriage, your life? Choose the path of kindness. Just like choosing which path you might take on a walk in the woods, you can choose the path of kindness rather than the more heavily travelled path of selfishness and conflict.
How to get started? Think of this simple acrostic: K – I – N – D
K -- Know God and His blessing: draw strength from what He has done for you.
I — In Your Own Way: don’t worry about what others are doing; if you are blessed, choose to be kind and to be a blessing to others.
N — Needs of others: don’t focus on what you want to get out by being kind, rather focus on what someone else needs and how you could help.
D — Do Something Today (enough said)
I’ll look forward to seeing you on the path of kindness!