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Just Be Kind

The story in today’s Daily Guideposts reminded me,
It doesn’t cost anything to be kind.

Just a simple “Thank you,” or “Please,”
Just a moment to reach out and lend a hand,
Can change someone’s entire day.
And it may impact those observing the kindness, too.

So, just be kind!

β€œSo whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them.”

Matthew 7:12 ESV

In her story in Guideposts today, Erika Bentsen recounted how (back when she was only 17) she was waiting on a bus in Scotland for the departure time. The bus driver was busy telling stories to the attentive passengers. Suddenly the bus driver dashed from his seat to help a woman across the road who had dropped a package. Then he returned to his seat and continued his story telling.

When her aunt interrupted him and said, “That was awfully nice of you,” he shrugged it off saying, “It costs nothin’ to be kind.”

Years later, that conversation stuck with Erika. Her prayer at the bottom of the page reads,

“Dear Lord,
shower me with opportunities
to share kindness
until it becomes
as natural as breathing.”

Like Erika, I want kindness to be as natural as breathing. I know it is an attribute worth cultivating.
I pray every morning on my way down the stairs from my sanctuary. I thank God for the

  • love
  • joy, and
  • peace that are mine, and I ask God to help me with
  • patience
  • kindness
  • goodness
  • faithfulness (which brings blessings)
  • gentleness, and
  • self-control. I ask God to
  • help me live humbly with an attitude of gratitude, and a response of
  • generosity and
  • forgiveness,
  • obedience and
  • integrity.

Ask God to help you develop
a habit of kindness
so it is a natural as breathing to you.
Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone did that?

Kindness needs to be cultivated!

Who was the last person who was particularly kind to you?
What did he or she do?
I bet you remembered to say thank you!

Now, pass it on!!

I bet you do that everyday!!

Thanks for visiting JanBeek today.
See you again tomorrow.
Be well!!

Comments on: "Just Be Kind" (11)

  1. I agree with you whole heartedly.

  2. An excellent post. I know you’ve read my post about Gary of the Burger Bar’s kindness, but the latest kindness was from his wife – see this one: https://derrickjknight.com/2022/09/26/back-for-a-fry-up/

    • Ah yes, {{{Derrick}}} – one kindness deserves another… and that couple is big on repeat performances, aren’t they? They must have heard what my mom always told me, “Whatever you bring into the life of another comes back into your own!”

  3. Beautiful post Jan!
    It should just be so simple: be kind! But some people can’t seem to get it.
    Blessings to you!

  4. If the world had More ‘Jan’s’ in the world Jan, the world Would be a Beautiful place… Such an uplifting energising post my friend.. Thank you for your love and Kindness <3 <3

    • Oh my! Thank YOU, Sue, for YOUR love ❀️ and kindness πŸ₯° God bless you! Have a beautiful Sunday! πŸŽΆπŸ’πŸπŸŽΆ

  5. Awesome message! Jan, may others sow these seeds of kindness. Positivity leads to a faithful witness of God’s grace.

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