Harvest the Gift of kindness

Week Five: Harvest the Gift of Kindness
Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.
– Robert Brault,

 

Story: A Woman with A Heart:
Laura Otillia Tritz Altman, my mother, lived a life of kindness. When my brother was three years old, he developed a case of nearly fatal spinal meningitis. Shortly thereafter he developed an infection in his left eye, resulting in the need to remove it and replace it with a prosthetic. He used a glass eye from the age of three until his death at the age of seventy-nine.
There was some concern about the eye being malignant. Our sweet mother sat up all night praying to the Blessed Mother while they removed the eye and replaced it.
Kindness was her middle name.
Moral of the Story:
Kindness has the power to seal relationships, to heal broken spirits, and to provide sustenance, support, and love.
Being truthful can be hurtful. We’ve all had the experience of withholding an opinion when it would compromise someone’s feelings.
Do you really need to be honest when someone’s coiffure looks like it belongs on a zombie? Do you really need to be forthcoming when someone asks your opinion on an outfit? Do you need to be brutally frank when your spouse wants your feedback?
Learn to spread random acts of kindness. My father used to say, “Spread those flowers while you are here.” So, which seeds do you want to plant? How do you want to be remembered?
Nursing home residents need kindness in abundance. They are facing the last days of their lives. Grieving the loss of their lives, their homes, and their purpose can be just as devastating as the illnesses they face.
In twenty-five years of serving the elderly, I’ve witnessed hopelessness, despair, and depression daily.
Take some time to visit nursing home residents. Let them know that they are valued. Give them a sense of belonging and purpose.
Action Plan;
Look around you. Hurting people are everywhere. Do you have someone in your life you can call God’s holy sandpaper? They are there to hone you into the best you can be. Sandpaper chafes, hurts, and stings. It can also be the potter’s clay that shapes you into a kindhearted person.
Practical Application to Your Life:
It’s easy to extend kindness to the lovable. The real test is to be kind to your enemy. Have you passed that test? I know that I have not. Our God is a God of second chances. Have you failed to comfort someone? Look for someone to comfort. Have you neglected to console someone? Look for someone to console. Have you flunked the kindness test? Look for opportunities to show kindness.
Weekly take away
Ephesians 4:32Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

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