Kindness includes looking for what is good in other people.
Stop being critical of others – criticism steals your joy.
Instead, look for what is GOOD in those you meet, work and serve with, because a little bit of kind consideration makes life sweet.
Love those around you.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
~ Mother Teresa
Love does not judge.
Judgemental = having or displaying an excessively critical point of view.
Many times I feel judging and criticising are kin to each other.
Criticism = the expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes.
What do you think?
“Do not judge other people. Then you will not be judged. You will be judged in the same way you judge others. You will be measured in the same way you measure others. You look at the bit of sawdust in your friend’s eye. But you pay no attention to the piece of wood in your own eye.”
Matthew 7:1-3 NIRV
Goodness. It needs to begin somewhere…
Let goodness begin with you.
And if not now, then when?
Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22,23 NIV
What could be considered “goodness”?
- Go that extra mile when you see something is missing.
- Reach out to encourage, without expectation of return.
- Provide what’s needed – anonymously if possible.
- Smile even when you don’t feel like it.
- Clean up a mess, especially if you weren’t involved.
- Open doors for others – figuratively speaking.
- Be with someone. Just be. No words, or advice.
- Give a verbal hug to someone who has felt rejected.
- Let go of something. Release your anger or expectation, or…
- Care for something that’s not your responsibility.
What would you add to this list?
Who has been “good” to you? How have they demonstrated their goodness?
A friend listens to hear what isn’t said.
Take your communication up a notch.
Be quiet. Let your friend speak.
Wait. Wait some more.
Sometimes what really needs to be communicated doesn’t happen in the conversation, it begins in the silent pauses…
Actions speak much louder than words.
Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you do, and you will presently come to love him.”
~ C.S. Lewis from “Mere Christianity”
Stop overthinking it…
Ask yourself, “If I loved my neighbor, what would I do?”
Then do that.
Make everyone’s day happier
by giving them a piece of your
instead of a piece of your mind!
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.
Matthew 22:37-39 NIV