Kindness Matters

“Do everything in love.” 2 Corinthians 16:14 NIV

I caught a glimpse of her from the corner of my eye.

She was standing with her husband, facing the door behind our restaurant table. I realized that she was looking for the ladies room.

Which was through that door and in another building next to the historic eatery. 

My instincts took over and I asked if I could help. Before long, my new girlfriend and I were heading out, arm in arm.

(Did I mention it had been raining like cray cray?)

We immediately hit it off. Our husbands work for the same company, but in different states and we wondered why we hadn’t met before. We talked about life and loss and friendships. Once back inside the restaurant, we hugged before returning to our tables at opposite ends of the place.

But, I never forgot her.

A few months later, we were reunited at another company event. This time, we shared a table. She told me a story about her dear friend, whom I also knew, and their “girlfriend experience”, which in many ways mirrored ours. Then, she gave me an unexpected and touching gift, one that her friend had given to her before she passed away.

“Kindness Matters,” she reminded me with a smile.

And, for the first time in a long time, I understood…no, I believed…the significance of those two words.

Kindness isn’t about us.  I love the phrase, “Kindness is when we lend our strength to another.” If you’re like me, your daily is filled with to-do’s. But, what if, when reflecting on our same ol same ol, we could sprinkle at least one  “have-done” in the name of kindness? Oh friend, when we shine our strength on another, it makes both of us stronger in beautiful ways!

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10 NIV

Kindness is contagious. Think about a time when you witnessed kindness. Maybe you saw someone hold open a door for a Mama and her little ones or watched (in disbelief!) as another driver waved you their turn at a four-way stop. Perhaps, you’ve felt kindness when a stranger unexpectedly bought your coffee or paid for your highway toll. Whether we’re the receiver or the giver or simply the observer, isn’t it awesome how kindness can spur something deep within us to do the same? And, if it doesn’t, well, maybe we need to check our priorities and our hearts.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12 NIV

Kindness is another word for love. Ever heard someone grumble, “I can’t stand kindness!” Me neither. Instead, kindness carries us to places of joy and gratefulness and blessings and love. Places we like to linger. Kindness is cool and it can change the world, Y’all! COUNT. ME. IN.

“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 NIV

Dear one, Kindness Matters in ways we never see coming and that’s the point. It makes our lives better. It sows seeds that the most torrential downpours can’t wash away. 

Some even bloom into forever friendships!

 

Kindness is a glorious gift from God.  May we pour it out in abundance, without expectations, and with great big love. XO

Spread your joy,

tina

8 Comments

  1. Tina, when I read the words God bestows upon you to write, I go through different emotions each time. God has truly blessed you with a way for words. I know your parents smile down on you every day for the way you touch others hearts including mine.

    1. Your sweet words touched my heart, Sallie. Thanks for shining kindness, dear friend! XO

  2. Dear Tina, Always beautiful words filled with encouragement! I appreciate you, dear friend! ~Karen

  3. Yes! You nailed it again kindness makes a difference in every situation that we face and are brought into in life’s journey. Many times a kind word can turn an ugly situation into a good situation just by what we say! Blessings to you and your hubby!

    1. Great truth in your words, friend! Imagine our world if we sprinkled one act of kindness daily? WOWZA! Thanks for your encouragement always. XO

  4. Thanks, Cuz, for the great reminders & encouragement! Always a blessing to read of what God is doing in your life & those around you!

    Hugs to you & Frank

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