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Sprinkle Kindness Everywhere You Go



Do you remember the last time you did something for someone to help somebody? What I think rarely we do help others but if you are the one who often helps others then you are doing great work and you can be called a kind person. 🙂


Let me tell you that helping others,listening to others,caring for people around you,providing comfort to others are all acts of kindness.


We are so much busy in our life that we rarely got time to help others and even if we got the opportunity to help someone, we ignore it by saying, “I am already busy.” “I am not here to help others.” I have my work to do.”


Now you might be thinking who cares if I did something good. And yes, nowadays no one cares if you are doing something to help someone. And who will pay off your kindness? Like doing kindness to someone is just wasting your time. This is a very difficult era; everyone only cares for their own needs. Nobody thinks whether someone needs any help or not.

The above-written sentences are typical thoughts and beliefs of every common person just to make excuses and ignorance. Now, here I am not saying that everyone makes excuses just for avoiding helping others, but some might be really busy that is why they ignore.

Do you know what is the problem here? The problem is that we expect a lot. If I help someone or if I do something for a person in return, I make expectations that next time the same person is going to do something for me, and he/she must have to do because I helped him/her.


Now, this thing is wrong, and it is making problems. Having believed that I am helping someone and next time the same person has to help me is absolutely not okay. Why are you expecting? You don’t need to expect. You did something that is because you are good, and you will be rewarded for it. Do kindness it’s free and most importantly do it without having expectations from the person.


So there is no need to expect. And believe me, your good deeds are never unrewarded you will be rewarded by any other means and might be by any other gift that you don’t even ever expect. All we need is to have faith in the Almighty and start doing good deeds without having expectations.


We live in a world that accepts cruelty as being cool. Just look at the TV and the movies. However, the Christian is called to be higher, while at the same time, lower. This means to be higher in our character and lower by acceptance of others (as long as it does not bring us down to their level!).


Kindness is beyond just being accepting, liberal, or open minded. It is thoughtful consideration to one another, putting ourselves in their shoes. We are called to be kind to enemies (Luke 6:34-35), to strangers (Lev. 19:34), to family (Duet. 22:1) and to outcasts (Life of Jesus). Kindness is not something we confront. It is something we proclaim! We must change our behaviours to reflect Christ's treatment of us in how we treat others, on the road, in our work, school, and family. As society gets more complicated and crowded, kindness will gradually disappear, which makes it increasingly needed. Let us "step up to the plate" of treating and serving others as Christ would (1 John 3:16-23).


Remember the Fruits of the Spirit are not what we do when we have the time or feel like it, they are what we are to do--period!


I always smile when I see the words, ‘Sprinkle kindness everywhere you go.’ It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Even the mental image and best laid plans sound easy. But is it really? Can you or any of us sprinkle kindness daily and consistently? Can you genuinely love others when situations are tough? Do you have what it takes to conjure up a Christ-like attitude that makes it possible to put actionable steps in place for today, tomorrow or next week? It’s certainly a work in progress–Christ-like progress, but it can be done.


Just like getting dressed in your favourite outfit, think about what attitude you’re going to wear today? Will the kindness you extend today be Christlike? Will you be kind, regardless of how you’re treated? Can you forgive when you are wronged or mistreated or just having a bad day?


God commands us in 1 Peter 3:8-9 to love and treat others with kindness. With His commands come work on your part. Pray to be Christ-like. Pray for Him to intervene so that you can turn the other cheek.


Every day with every action we make a choice. A choice to love, to help another, to be compassionate and to forgive. Love and kindness have a direct correlation to grace, mercy, and forgiveness and He gives us strength, courage, and truths to follow.


Paul reminds us in Ephesians 4:32 to be kind-hearted to all. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.” Yet again, here is another verse that commands you to be kind because God is kind to you and kindness is at the top of His list. His Word serves as an important reminder of how to treat others, as well as how you want to be treated.


Matthew 7:12, known as the ‘Golden Rule’ says it best, “so in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” This rule is the active foundation of goodness and mercy–the kind of love that God shows to us every day.


If our action is a negative one, what does that say about you? If our mistreatment of others is payback, how does that reflect on your character and integrity? How do rude actions reflect on your godly character? I think it’s safe to say, not very well. Any one of us can be ashamed when words leave our mouths that are less than Christlike or when our actions don’t reflect the love of Christ.


But God. During each misstep He forgives and showers us with His grace and mercy.


While you can’t be responsible for other’s actions, you can be totally responsible for your actions. Proverbs 21:21 tells us, “Be kind and honest and you will live a long life; others will respect you and treat you fairly.” Powerful words from the Bible.


Kindness contributes to good health and a happy life. Think of it like throwing confetti, Sprinkle kindness everywhere you go! It’s free and it’s of God.


Sources

Deep Kindness: A Revolutionary Guide for the Way We Think, Talk, and Act in Kindness - Houston Kraft

More than Words - Hannah Dunnett

Conspiracy of Kindness: A Refreshing New Approach to Sharing the Love of Jesus with Others - Steve Sjogren

The Kindness of God - David W. Smith

Everyday Kindness - Patricia Mitchell

The Law of Kindness: Serving with Heart and Hands - Mary Beeke

100 Days of Kindness - Kristin Demery, Kendra Roehl, Julie Fisk

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