Kindness is a Calling
The Bible says, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40). I interpret that to mean that God is paying close attention to how you treat those people in life who are weaker, meeker, and less fortunate than you. It takes such little effort on our part to make someone feel a little bit more loved, a little more accepted, a little more celebrated. Many races, religions, and groups of people are unfortunately treated as outcasts in our society. As human beings, it is our place to bring people in from the fringes and welcome them into the fold. All it takes is one look at Jesus and His ragged band of misfit disciples to see a shining example of how to give meaning and hope and purpose to those who society has collectively turned its back on. You never know the impact you are making on someone’s life just by showing them kindness and love. For them, you might be the difference between success and failure, holding on and giving up, and perhaps even life and death.
Look around you for people to reach out to: The single mom in line in front of you at the grocery store who is a dollar short of buying food for her family. The older gentleman in your class who’s working three jobs to put himself through school and finally get that degree. The recently divorced friend who has never felt more alone. Give them a smile, a hug, an encouraging word, a helping hand. There are many different callings in life, and kindness is one of them. Answer that call today, and give the person on the other end a little more hope.
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