In the darkest times, kindness shines brightest.
Do you agree?
When we’re feeling at our lowest and most despondent, a simple touch; an understanding, empathetic smile; or a few words of love and appreciation stand out like beacons.
But we often neglect kindness in favour of well-meaning solutions.
We opt for a lecture over a quiet, listening ear.
We avoid the pain of others instead of entering in.
For fear of saying the wrong thing, we say nothing at all – or rush in awkwardly with trite clichés.
Some of the kindest, most pastoral people I’ve met have perfected the art of a smile across the room, a gentle squeeze of the shoulder, or simply, groceries carried to the car.
Kindness goes a long, long way towards building trust and connection.
Kindness stops and takes a moment – or two – to hear their story before jumping in with our own.
Kindness is a dish of food, a warm hot chocolate, a song if you’re lucky…
Kindness is a hug, a blanket, a teddy bear to cry into.
Kindness is a prayer, a text message, an invitation to walk.
Kindness shows us its importance when we start walking it out – and when we need it ourselves.
Kindness is profound in its simplicity, powerful in nature, and the attribute I most want to cultivate.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. “ (Colossians 3:12)