17 Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.

Kindness is such a lost art form in today’s busy, me centered lifestyle. I was talking with a man just yesterday who, at the age of 80, has seen a lot of life in his time. He said, with tears in his eyes, “People just aren’t nice anymore!” Jonny Diaz says it perfectly in his song Breathe, “I’m busy, busy, busy, and it’s no surprise to see that I only have time for me, me, me!” Kindness gets pushed to the back and neglected when I am focused on myself, my schedule, and my lists of things that need to get done. God wants something different for His children and when we are kind to others, we shine God’s light in this dark world.

Take my wife for instance. My wife is a really kind person. I think God put her in my life to show me just how selfish I am. If the cashier is having a bad day, my wife will talk with them and ask what’s going on and encourage them. I’m lucky if I even notice they aren’t smiling. My wife is a burden bearer and will carry the burdens of everyone she meets. From the little kids in her kindergarten class to the elderly at church that need to know they are still important, my wife listens to each one and pays attention to them. Her gift is making the unimportant feel important by caring for them and sprinkling kindness wherever she goes. Yep, I am a lucky man!

What if we all were more kind? What if we all paid attention to those in need around us? What if kindness was our default setting?

Who is needing your kindness today? Is there someone in your life that you need to pay more attention to, that needs to know that they are important? Let God’s light shine through your kindness and make this world a brighter place!