Kindness – Do Something Great That Costs You Nothing

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Our church recently held a major Easter outreach. My self-appointed job was taking a large bag of candy and greeting people as they made their way across the parking lot.

As a family with two young girls decked out in their finest Easter dresses approached me, I knelt down to talk with the girls about the event. I told them my job was pre-candy. I was giving everyone a piece of candy to hold them over until they entered the event. A fun job to have!

They thanked me and as they walked away I heard one of the girls say, “Daddy, why was he so nice?” (Nailed it!)

Her words made me smile, but also convicted me. Why don’t we take more opportunities to be nice?

I was challenged to:

Use Kind Words

My go to phrase when being checked out at Wal-Mart is to ask the cashier (using their name), “Are they being nice to you today?”

The normal response is, “Oh yes.” But one day the cashier teared up and responded, “No it’s been an awful day. Our system is giving us fits and I’ve cussed out several times. Everyone is impatient and angry, and I don’t want to be here anymore…”

I told her that I had been working hard on being nice and saying please and thank you. I also said that if I failed to be nice she had permission to punch me in the stupid. A slight smile cracked.

As I left I told her I appreciated her taking care of me and that I hoped she would have a much better afternoon. A genuine smile followed.

A genuine smile is always worth a few kind words. Take the time to collect a few!

Do Kind Deeds

Gentlemen, yes you should hold the door for that lady!

Always help your co-worker pick up the pile of papers they just dropped.

Why wouldn’t you help the elderly lady put her groceries in the trunk? 

Yes, you should offer to help the young ladies alongside the road with a flat tire.

And finally, yes, you should take flowers to the hotel desk clerk you were a jerk to… (moment of transparency – sorry).

The point is, you never know when your act of kindness will have an incredible impact on the life you touch.

Communicate With Kindness

This is very similar to use kind words, my thought is more toward professional, business and social media communication.

I have a folder in my Inbox that I keep encouraging e-mails in. They were sent to me by missionaries, pastors, business associates, co-workers and my favorite wife.

Some of them are silly, some of them are encouraging, most of them are precious to me.

I look to these words of kindness and encouragement when I am discouraged, or when Satan seems to be riding in my shirt pocket for the day.

Often they remind me to be the encouragement in someone else’s life. I want my words saved in someone’s Inbox!

Kindness costs us so little, but it can mean so much.

The unseen value will be eternal in our lives.

Mark 9:41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Where can you make kindness happen today?

It’s All About The Sauce

In the world we have grown accustomed to, kindness has become such a rare commodity that we are gobstruck when we encounter it.

One of the joys of being a Grandparent is that you get to experience the wonders of life in a whole new way.
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If you have Grandchildren, you already know that Chicken McNuggets are a delicacy to be experienced! The key to making McNuggets so much more than just a meal, is the selection of a proper dipping sauce.

Choosing the wrong sauce can turn a good day into inconsolable sorrow, so great care must be exercised in the selection.

Last week on the way back from Silver Dollar City with our Grandsons, we made a stop at the McDonalds in Branson West. As we placed our orders, we hit a potential meltdown when the boys could not remember the name of the sauce they liked for the six piece banquet they had just ordered.

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Anticipating the customary impatient huff or rolled eyes from the girl taking the order, I was actually taken back by what I saw over the next few moments. With a patient and kind spirit she began to ask the boys several questions about their favorite sauce, eventually producing two possible choices to show them.

And the winner is – Sweet and Sour! The day was saved!

As we sat eating dinner (2 Filet-O-Fish for $5.00= SCORE!) I thought about what had just taken place and how refreshing it was. I made the point of speaking to the manager before we left to tell her what a great job the girl who waited on us had done. The manager seemed shocked that someone would actually say something positive.

There was nothing really extraordinary about what this young lady did, she was simply patient and kind. I would like to believe that she was a Christian and that her kind, tenderhearted actions were based in a verse similar to this:

Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

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That night as I reflected on the day’s events, I was convicted about how many times a day I (we) miss the opportunity to make a similar impression on someone’s life by simply showing basic kindness and consideration.

Kindness might be patience with the customer service rep, speaking a kind word to the gas station attendant, or just bringing a little less stress to the bank tellers line. How often do we miss the opportunity to speak truth into someone’s life simply because we choose to be Jerks for Jesus rather than a reflection of Who and What He was?

We all have the ability to make a difference simply by showing the kindness that Christ has commanded us to give. Ephesians 4:32 wasn’t a suggestion or a point of reference!

What can you do starting right now, to show kindness to those God puts in your path?

Take the opportunity to completely freak someone out by being kind to them! They may even blog about you!