When you think of the word "kind," what's the first thing that comes to mind?
How unkind someone's been to you? The one person you know who is so nice and genuinely kind that you wish you were a little more like them? That kind thing you did for someone and they didn't seem to appreciate it?
Sometimes, it is really hard to be kind. Kindness isn't always appreciated, but if we're approaching kindness with the thought of getting something out of it, we're not truly being kind. Albert Einstein once said that, "A fellow who does things that count, doesn't usually stop to count them."
Kindness, in essence, is love on display.
Proverbs 3:3-4 says, "Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation."
Being kind when others aren't, when it isn't appreciated, or when it isn't reciprocated shows that you are truly being motivated by love. Proverbs 11:17 says, "Your kindness will reward you." Today, let the act of kindness, motivated out of God's love, be your reward.
When someone in my circle of family and friends thinks of me, I want the word "kind" to be associated with their thoughts of me. Please help me to be aware of moments when I can be kinder, because ultimately I'm sharing and showing Your love with others when I am kind. Help me not to be motivated by anything other than You when I have opportunities to be kind.