It’s already February, and the holidays are in our rear view mirror. Can you believe it? As I reflect over the last few months I have come to a conclusion. There is a definite vibe leading up to the holidays that should carry throughout the year, yet all indications are that it doesn’t. Have you ever noticed how people seem to be extra kind during the holiday season, and then once January rolls around that sentiment fades? I don’t understand it, and my simple mind is having difficulty wrapping around the reason why, but I do have a few thoughts to share on the subject.
It has been my observation that people seem to begin getting in the “holiday spirit” as soon as they turn their calendars to November (some even sooner). What is it about this particular time of year that seems to soften hearts, cause reflection of any and all relationships, and motivates people to gather together to make new memories? Perhaps it is remembering childhood moments with family gathered together. Maybe it comes from the feelings of missing a loved one. Or, could it be the sappy Christmas commercials, the Hallmark movies that leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, or all the sentimental Christmas decorations that have been hauled from the attic to the house? These could definitely be considered emotional triggers. Regardless, I choose to think that the spirit of kindness can come to hearts and minds easily, if we can just allow ourselves to let it in. I firmly believe that we should all claim Ephesians 4:32 as our life verse. It reads, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (KJV). God furnishes us with the necessary steps required when dealing with others. He spells it out quite clearly, and begins with being kind first and foremost. In addition to being kind we are to be tenderhearted, which means to show care and compassion to another. That can easily lead to forgiving someone who has wronged, disappointed, or offended you. If you can forgive, then you can choose to be kind.
I enjoy looking up word definitions. The definition of kindness is, “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate”. That doesn’t sound too hard! But, since it is a choice we make, it might be difficult for some. The best thing about kindness is that it is free, and it makes others feel good. I enjoy doing kind deeds with humility, and without notoriety. Mark Twain said, “Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see”. In other words, not only do people hear the words you speak, but they also watch how you act. People know if you are sincere. No matter what is going on in the lives of others, they will never forget the way your kindness made them feel. How wonderful to be the spark of kindness that encourages others to do the same! It can begin with you. If you are unsure where to start, here is a list of ideas as to how you can show random acts of kindness:
- Bring coffee/tea/hot cocoa to a friend
- Send a card/note/text
- Smile and say hello to everyone you meet
- Give a secret gift to someone
- Hug someone having a difficult time
- Call a parent/grandparent/friend
- Put positive sticky notes around
- Hold a door open
The possibilities are endless! Be brave and just step out in faith. God will provide the opportunity if you simply ask.