Jim Gaffigan is one of my favorite comedians. He talks about how difficult it is to explain things to your kids. Once he and his son were out for a walk and his son said, “Look, dad, it’s a stick!” He replied, “Buddy, that’s an antenna.” His son quickly asked, “What’s an antenna?” “Um…it’s a stick! You nailed it, buddy! It’s a shiny stick.” How many times in our lives do we find ourselves in that situation?
We want to be kind and teach others to be kind, but what does that really mean? Is that one of those words we use but don’t really define? When we’re teaching our kids we talk about sharing and not hitting their friends, but there has to be more to it right?
Kindness is about treating others the way you want to be treated. You can disagree with someone and still be kind to them. It’s not unkind to tell someone they are wrong, it is unkind to imply, or state outright, that they are stupid. Being kind is about remembering that people are made in the image of God and treating them accordingly. It’s really that simple.
If God’s child walked in the door, how would you treat them? Would you treat them differently than you’ve been treating those around you lately? The truth is, everyone around you was made in the image of God, and He cares how you treat them.
Mother Teresa said it this way, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.” Maybe we can just start there.
Who do you know that could really use some kind words today?
Speak them. Text them. Whatever you need to do, communicate those kind words before the day is done. How else can you show kindness? I’d love to hear your thoughts, leave them in the comments below.
Always remember, we love you, we’re praying for you, and we’re in this together.