Thursday, May 16, 2013

Being kind

Posted by Christoph

  Being kind isn’t always easy. Or convenient. But it has the potential to change everything.  By Cap Watkins 

So I read this quote today and it made me think. This is something I really solemnly believe in. Being kind can change just about any situation. However, sometimes there are situations, where nothing ever happens. Being kind is not only "not easy", but freakin' hard! Being kind sometimes isn't just inconvenient, it's a sacrifice. Maybe to the point of surrendering your own will, all reason and your rights. So maybe you do that, and still nothing changes.

Every once in a while, you get into situations like that. The thing that frustrates me is not that life brings about challenges like that - what frustrates me is how poorly I react. I wish I could say that I'd take the hard road, the forgiving, loving, self-sacrificing road anytime. Many times I feel like nothing could be further from the truth. 

I get mad at people. I hold a grudge and I think & speak bad things. 

What helps me though, is to think of Jesus. How he set an example of this lifestyle, being obedient to the point of actual death. Talk about giving up rights!
His sacrifice opens up a new path for me to follow.
So this old, hardened heart has a new chance of breathing. Cause I find the strength for kindness in his kindness. Love enough in his love. A changed life in his life!

I'm sorry for being so vague - this just needed to get out of my head. Enjoy as you leave the words of someone much more loving and wise:

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
― Mother Teresa

She has much more to say about kindness - I feel that every once in a while it might do good to go through some of her quotes. She points out Jesus to me where I lose sight of him.

PS: BIG CREDIT goes out to a friend of mine, who used the first quote on her blog today. Her quotes and pictures continue to inspire and nurture me. Be sure to stop by there and see for yourself! :) or go to Featured -> It's About Him!