We have recently started a new series here on Faithfilled Chaos all about how we can be the best Wife, Mom, Teacher and Daughter of Christ we can be, by looking at 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a. Last time we talked about how Love is…Patient. Today we are going to dig into Kindness.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a NIV
So what is kindness?
Here is the definition for Kind, according to Dictionary.com.
1. of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person:
a kind and loving person.
2. having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence:
3. indulgent, considerate, or helpful; humane (often followed by to):
to be kind to animals.
4. mild; gentle; clement:
5. British Dialect. loving; affectionate.
How would that look?
As a Wife, Mom, Homeschool Teacher and Daughter of Christ we should be doing everything we can to show kindness to those we love. Knowing that is great, but how would that look in life? The first thing to think about is that kindness is an action. It takes us stepping up and doing something. It is up to us to decide what that something is. I think the easiest way to think about this would be to think about what we want for ourselves, and then freely give that to our loved ones.
- The Most simple way, is to say I Love You to them.
- Find some positive things to say to make them smile.
- Complete one of their chores.
- Go above and beyond what you typically do for that person.
- Buy them a simple gift to show them you care
- Play the games they want to play, or go to the place they want to go to.
- Say Yes, instead of No (obviously not all the time, but once in a while just to be Kind)
- Dance with them.
- Really listen to them.
- Make Your Hubby’s lunch.
- Leave a note telling them something special.
- Warm up the car before heading out.
- Listen to their music in the car, instead of yours.
And a couple hard ones to do, but are part of being kind.
- Show them when they are in the wrong, so they can turn away from it.
- Forgive them.
Knowing what we can do to show kindness is only part of the battle. Knowing is not enough. Even thinking about it, is not enough. If your spouse said to you, I thought about leaving work early to come watch the kid’s game today but just never did, how would you feel? Yes the thought is nice, but the act is what shows you love. We need to get our thoughts out of our head and start acting on them. We need to try to put ourselves in their shoes. What would make them happy? What would make their day a little easier? What would help them relax? What would boost their confidence? What would encourage them?
I challenge you to wake up each morning and think of one thing you can do to show kindness to your family that day…and act on it. How would you feel if someone did this for you each day? I know I would feel so cheerful, blessed and loved. Love is what we are after, and so is our family. I don’t know about you, but I want to be the best Wife, Mom, Teacher and Daughter of God I can be. To do that I need to take action.
Are you willing to accept this challenge, to show kindness each day to your family? I know I am! What is something you plan on doing for your family to show kindness? Comment below to help give us all some new ideas.