With everyday seen as a present, we should gift to each other kind words of encouragement. You never know what someone is going through. Kindness goes a long way. A prayer for that individual can go even further. Before we open our mouths today to judge someone or say something mean, let’s instead recite something kind. There are many ways to offer up kindness even a stranger would appreciate.
- Start by telling someone what you like about them. (Examples: “Oh, I like those shoes or sneakers you’re wearing.” “Your haircut / style is lovely.” “You have a beautiful smile!” “You’re so intelligent.”)
- Offer a kind word of encouragement. (Examples: “You did a good job on that project.” “I like what you posted today on social media.”“You can make it through anything, don’t give up!” “I’m praying for you!”)
- Thank someone for their service. (Examples: “Thank you for helping me.” “Thank you for thinking of me.” “Thank you for taking care of me.” “Thank you for protecting our country.”)
- Offer to assist someone. (Examples: “Would you like some help carrying that?” “Do you need assistance completing that task?” “Can I get the door for you?”)
- Smile. (No examples needed here because all smiles count!🙂)
- Give something to someone. (Examples: “Here, let me pay for that cup of coffee for you.” “Do you need a ride somewhere?” Buy a homeless person food to eat.)
- Show appreciation. (Examples: “I appreciate you.” “Your kindness means the world to me.” “I enjoy having you in my life.”)
- Show love. (Examples: Give a hug. Kiss your loved ones. Rub your pet’s back / belly. Cook a meal for your spouse / family / friends.)
Any of these things would immediately place a smile on someone’s face. We all appreciate kindness; let’s start treating people how we would want to be treated. The Bible says, “Do to others as you would like them to do to you.” (Luke 6:31 NLT) Since every day holds a possibility of a miracle, your blessings breakthrough could be in the simplest test as how you respond to someone, how you treat people or your level of giving. Many times, we get so caught up in our own feelings of what we need, how we want it or what we receive from others, yet we forget to be a giver first. We all know what joyful feelings overwhelm us when we receive a level of kindness from somebody. Let’s give that same feeling back to others.
The next time you think of judging or responding back negatively to someone, don’t. Think first if that person were you. Would you want to be treated that way? Would you rather someone be kind or speak kindly to you? Then, change the way you would’ve reacted by implementing positivity instead of negativity. A positive thought or response can go a long way.
““If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.” (Luke 6:32-34 NLT)
Remember: God is Almighty but we hold the power of our change. God wants to bless us with our heart’s desire but many times He’s waiting on us to change. You can’t receive and appreciate new things with old stuff lying around cluttering up the space. You can’t expect a miracle to happen when you don’t want to be a miracle for someone else. You never know who holds the miracle of your blessings breakthrough. That person you were about to judge or thought was insignificant, that person you were about to yell at, or that person you were about to walk pass and ignore may be the very test that God sent your way to see if you’re ready for the next level. He wants to take us all higher and elevate us to our fullest potential but first comes our tests. We must pass the tests in order to ascend to the next level. Just like in primary school, we can’t expect an A+ with D- work. When we fail, that’s when the lesson must be repeated once again until we actually LEARN the lesson.
““Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.” (Luke 6:35-36 NLT)
So don’t judge or ignore the person you think doesn’t deserve your kindness for that person may hold the key to your miracle. God can do all things; but He does them when He sees that we’re truly ready to receive them. Take time today, and everyday going forward, to implement a daily dose of kindness into your busy regimen. Let the Holy Spirit guide you on your journey toward becoming a better you by having a giving heart. May you receive all of the breakthroughs that God’s blessings have to offer. In Jesus name, I pray Amen.
Sincerely with love,
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