In this day in age, the word “Kindness” is thrown around very often and yet what does it really mean to the person saying it. In the story of Ruth, she was shown kindness by Boaz and relative of her mother-in-law Naomi, by him allowing her to gather grain amount his servants for her to take home free of charge. SO what does it really mean to be kind? Giving away things for free? Allowing someone to work among servants? Or lending a hand however able?
Every day before my minis head off to school I always tell them “Be sweet and Be kind.” I want them to remember those are values we hold very dearly in our family and we expect them to display those values when interacting at school. We also have a chalkboard in our home that says “Always be strong and kind.” This is also a reminder that we empower our family and again expect kindness from them.
I am not a biblical scholar as I stated before, I am using this week’s sermon from church to propel this post a bit. The sermon our pastor preached upon was about building a firm foundation. A foolish man builds on sand and when the wind and waves hit the sand is washed away along with the building. A wise man builds on rock and when the wind and waves hit the building will remain, hence a strong foundation.
How we live our lives is how our children build their firm foundation.
We are teaching our children to be sweet, strong and kind. Not strong as in strong muscles but strong in the sense that they can stand on their own two feet for what they believe in against all odds just like Ruth did after the passing of her husband. To be kind to everyone and anyone they meet. Being kind to the kid who sits at lunch alone, being kind to the one who doesn’t wear the latest fashion, to be kind to all. Boaz only questioned Ruth once about where she came from and immediately showed her kindness.
Showing Ruth kindness gave her strength to help provide for Naomi. Providing kindness to fellow students can give them strength to face whatever they come across in their life.
Showing kindness breeds more kindness.
How have you felt when someone has shown kindness to you?
What small acts of kindness can you do to brighten someone else’s day?