Leave Footprints of Kindness Wherever You Go
It seems our world today is more divided than ever before. Whether you’re talking about politics, parenting, or clean eating, everyone has an opinion. I really believe at the heart of it, people just want to be heard. They want to feel that their opinion matters, and that perhaps they are making some sort of difference in the world.
The trouble is, it seems we’ve come to the point of yelling and slandering just to be heard. The most demeaning or negative responses get the most press.
Beloved, I want to change the world just as much as the next person. But insisting on our own way of thinking, elevating our own opinion above others, or slamming people different than you isn’t going to change anyone’s life for the better. In fact, it’s probably just going to push them away. I believe there is a better way, and it begins with kindness.
As we consider kindness, I want you to go all the way back to that moment when God the Father first won over your heart. The Bible says this of God’s kindness:
“You didn’t think, did you, that just by pointing your finger at others you would distract God from seeing all your misdoings and from coming down on you hard? Or did you think that because he’s such a nice God, he’d let you off the hook? Better think this one through from the beginning. God is kind, but he’s not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change.” (Romans 2:3-4 MSG)
Maybe you’ve had a hard time connecting with your kids or your family due to your differences. I’ve been there too. Sometimes it seems easier to get louder with our voice or bigger with our body to convince them that we’re right.
But God didn’t do any of that—He won over our hearts with His kindness.
We often—and incorrectly—see kindness as weakness. Kindness is a choice to show grace and unmerited favor, like God’s goodness to us when we don’t deserve it. When we show this same kindness to those around us, we really can change the world.
Here’s some practical ways on how you can leave footprints of kindness wherever you go:
Understand that the kindness of God changes our story
God didn’t show kindness to you because you deserved it. You didn’t. He showed kindness to you because He loves you and knew that His kindness would draw you to repentance.
Treat others with the same kindness God has shown you
Being right is not the goal—loving others the way that Jesus loves us IS. It’s so easy for us to judge others based on their behaviors, but remember: when we are IN Christ, God doesn’t judge us by our behaviors. He sees us IN Christ, covered by the blood of Jesus and forgiven.
When we can treat others with this same kindness that God has extended towards us, we will make much greater strides in our relationships.
Look for ways to bless everyone God brings your way
Insisting on our own way, demanding to be heard, or pointing out the obvious discrepancies in others has very little power to change someone else’s life. But telling them what God thinks about them, using your words to bless them and encourage them can change their story forever.
“Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s you job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:9 MSG)
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Published on July 18, 2018.