We have been inundated with the Coronavirus and have been limited to where we can go. One place we can still go is to the grocery store. At first it was a mad dash to stockpile disinfectants such as wipes, hand sanitizers and Clorox sprays. Oh let’s not forget toilet paper. The shelves were emptied along with every type of meat.
Finally the mad rush has ended per se. I was able to purchase toilet paper and didn’t have to fight for it. Meat and vegetables have returned. Some shelves are still not fully stocked but that seems to be okay. The shelf that stays empty is hand sanitizer shelves. As long as you have soap and water at home, you are good and gloves will be your defense when you’re out and about.
I can’t dispense medication to cure people of the virus but the Lord showed me what I can do considering the only place to go is the grocery store. Whenever I go to the store and have to stay at least six feet away from others I can speak to people or just smile at them. Also if they want to talk take time to listen. We can’t begin to imagine how that just might be a calming gesture. A little kindness can go a long way.
I know some days the situation we are in seems hopeless but take heart God is still in control. There is probably more going on than any of us know that could be more detrimental to us than the COVID-19. Be encouraged.
Kindness is a virtue
Not everyone displays
What’s their heart saying
Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.
Have you ever heard this saying?
I like to change it up a bit.
Do unto others whether or not they do it unto you.
I call that kindness.
It’s not hard to do.
Don’t take it personal if the one you are kind to isn’t kind to you.
There is satisfaction in knowing you did the right thing.
Your kindness can be a seed you sow into someone’s life.
Although it might not mean anything at the moment,
When the seed starts sprouting it can bring change to that person.
Let doing kindness become a part of you.
Do it unconsciously. Do it well.
Definitions of kindness: of a friendly or generous nature; showing sympathy, mercy, empathy, or understanding; beneficial to something’s function. Kindness is the act of being caring or warm in spirit. Having human kindness includes being friendly, generous, and having a warm heart. To have human kindness you must be free of habits that do not promote warm, friendly relationships. These bad habits include being haughty, being quarrelsome, and being envious of others.
If you came into contact with someone who doesn’t fit your idea of normal how would you treat them? Would your perception of normal get in the way of showing kindness to that person? Could you bestow any of the above kindness attributes to that person? Would you want someone to be kind to you no matter what they thought? I believe you would. I want kindness toward me from every person I come in contact with. Likewise my goal is to be kind to every person I meet.
Throughout the years I’ve witnessed many people being mistreated in a subtle way because they didn’t live up to the perception of normal in the eyes of others. They didn’t dress normal. They didn’t look normal. They didn’t talk normal—normal according to the perceiver—all outside perceptions. No one took time to look at their hearts.
I’ve had the opportunity to become acquainted with the rejected ones. I found that they were “normal”. Who would have thought? They operated in the above definition of kindness. The “ultra normal” missed out on receiving kindness by rejecting them because they didn’t look, act, or dress right.
Lord, fill us up with Your kindness so it overflows on to every person we encounter that they will know they have been touched by an everlasting love that can only come from You.