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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A kind word

Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
Proverbs 12:25

Haven't we all seen this play out in front of us? We can witness someone that is under a tremendous amount of stress and pressure being spoken to in a kind way and it's like their burden lightens instantly. I see this in my middle schoolers so often. One kindness can lighten their spirits. It doesn't undo their stress and hurt but it sure does assure them that they are cared for. I know how I feel when something is weighing on me and the difference it can make when one person takes the time and effort to check in with me and offer a kind word and a hug.

I want to be the person that offers the kind words and helps to lighten a burden for a friend. I also want to be the person that is transparent enough that those who love me know when I am in need of a kind word.  When I am consumed with my own little world and set of circumstances, I fail to see the needs around me. The needs around me are overwhelming at times but there is always time to be kind. We live in a sometimes very unkind world and as children of God, we can be that kindness. What better way to point people to Christ than to show those fruits of the spirit that we struggle with every moment of every day it seems-love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. When we show care for someone, it ultimately shows them the One who unconditionally loves them and desires to show His kindness to them.

Tomorrow I will put this on my desk so that I am reminded every day how much I can build up those who are struggling with just a moment of grace, truth, and love.

Love and blessings.

1 comment:

  1. Perfect thoughts. Thank you for this post. Kind words are as good for the person who speaks them as the person who receives them.