“Stay out!” she yells as she slams the bathroom door closed. Her sister grabs the knob to open it and barge in. As I arrive, door tug-of-war is in full swing.
By the time bedtime rolls around, things like patience and the desire to understand have worn thin.
Of course, the problem would have been avoided if my daughters had spoken to each other with kindness.
Ah – the power of a few kind words!
In the absence of kindness, battles both large and small ensue. It’s kind words that lead to the relational peace that makes life truly good.
Proverbs 21:21 (ESV) puts it like this:
“Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.”
Kindness – Christmas is When I Really Need It!
Christmas is the perfect time of year to follow Solomon’s counsel to pursue kindness. The pressures of the season are likely to make mean words come out of me pretty frequently. Lord, let a spirit of your kindness counter this tendency.
Then there’s the me-on-my-mission aspect of the season that kindness enables me to counter. As I get wrapped up in the mile long to-do list of places to go, things to buy, people to see, Jesus calls me to make time to consider those in great need. He was never too busy for them.
So, when I consider the Food for the Hungry’s (FH) 12 Days of Christmas story of a little girl on the other side of the world who has outgrown her shoes and has her mom cutting out toe holes, it puts my consumerism in perspective.
Christ’s kindness prompts me to move past consideration to act with a sacrificial gift for a family like that. It’s important for me, but it’s critical for my kids to instill such a practice of kindness in their meaning of Christmas, too.
Meet Sylvia and Her Bunnies
The FH team has put together a great collection of stories to connect your kids to those on the other side of the world this Christmas. Introduce your kids to Sylvia and her bunny-wabbits by sharing this cute little e-book story. After trying this one, maybe you’ll want to join me in walking through all 12 days with your family. If you do, be sure to tell me what God does in their hearts.
Together, let’s pursue kindness this Christmas!