Being kind is one of the best things you can be. With exams, family life and everyday stresses it can easily get overlooked, but there are personal gains to be had through a little extra humility. Often when we think about kind actions we think about huge, public displays or large charity donations, but the little things are just as important.
Some of the people that deserve our kindness the most are our family and friends. There are lots of kind-hearted ways to show your loved ones how special they are. Simply helping your Mum around the house, making your Dad a cup of coffee when he is busy, or helping your siblings with their homework. Taking time out to have a telephone call with a family member who lives further away or, even going a bit old-school and writing a letter to your grandparents are all little things that can really mean the world.
If you are wanting a bigger challenge or to spread kindness to a larger community, then volunteering is a great way to do so. Lots of charities and church groups will be more than appreciative of any help you can offer. There are even ways to volunteer from home such as Silverline’s ‘Telephone Friend’ scheme or, if you’re looking for something simpler, then promoting different charities campaigns online can be a great help. If you’re unable to find your perfect opportunity then why not try setting up something of your own, such as a collection for a food bank or by donating some of your old clothes to a charity shop.
Being kind doesn’t have a price tag and it doesn’t need to be full of grandeur, it just needs to come from a place of benevolence. Even when you feel wronged or unwilling, simply taking a moment to be kind can really lighten not only your day, but it will do the same for others too. In Colossians 3:12 we are reminded to ‘Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience’. These random acts of kindness will enable you to follow in God’s will to promote good in His world.
And remember – don’t forget to be kind to yourself too!