Be Kind {Wisdom from a Sweet Man}

His white hair is askew and whiskers dot his chin.  Behind his glasses, his eyes sparkle.

You know the key to success? He asks. It’s being kind.  Kind people are successful.

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I listen as he describes his brothers and sisters…name, profession, and spouse.  His wife. He misses her.  He explains that she’s in heaven, and he plans to meet her again there.

He blesses our meal. When his bowed head raises, his eyes look sad…reflective. You know, I’ve had a good life, he says.

He thanks me for my kindness and courtesies.  At 84, he’s losing his memory, but he knows what’s important.  Who is important.  He simply thinks everyone should be kind.

I could listen to this sweet man reminisce all day.  He’s sincere and loving.  Grateful. Thankful.  Kind.

Kind.

I begin to wonder…am I kind?  Do I see others and treat others with kindness?

Am I…of a friendly, generous, or warm-hearted nature, showing sympathy or understanding; charitable; humane; considerate; tolerant. (Free Online Dictionary)

Ruth was this:  friendly, generous, showing understanding, considerate, tolerant.  She was kind to Naomi.  In turn, Boaz was kind to Ruth.

When Ruth is picking up leftover barley in the fields of Boaz in order to feed herself and Naomi –

Boaz went over and said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter. Stay right here with us when you gather grain; don’t go to any other fields. Stay right behind the young women working in my field. See which part of the field they are harvesting, and then follow them. I have warned the young men not to treat you roughly. And when you are thirsty, help yourself to the water they have drawn from the well.”

10 Ruth fell at his feet and thanked him warmly. “What have I done to deserve such kindness?” she asked. “I am only a foreigner.”

11 “Yes, I know,” Boaz replied. “But I also know about everything you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I have heard how you left your father and mother and your own land to live here among complete strangers.12 May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.”  Ruth 2: 8-12

Ruth’s kindness to Naomi was known throughout Bethlehem.  Her reputation as kind proceeded her.  In return, Boaz showed kindness, showing Ruth special attention.

And, I know deep within my heart that life could be that simple. 

We should simply be kind. 

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Colossians 3:12

Be kind to one another. That’s what the charming 84-year-old man knew as a key to life.  Kindness.

So, let’s be kind. To our friends. To our husbands. To our children.  To our moms and dads. To the bank teller. To the waitress.  To our neighbors.  To the lady honking at you when the light turns green.  To the customer service representative. To everyone.

Be kind.

Comments

  1. Michelle Wilson says:

    You are VERY kind Sarah! You have the heart of God and it shines in your eyes. I pray you have many blessings in your life…as you bless others with your words.

    • I recently had a friend that said my eyes say exactly what I am thinking…that made me think of you, Michelle. You always have said that you can see my heart and my faith in my eyes – I love that:) Blessing to you, sweet friend:)

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