This week's post is written by Miya Hunter-Willis. Miya and I met through the Flourish Writers Community. We can learn a lot about how far kindness can go and what an example we can be as Titus 2 women to anyone we meet through this touching story she shares.
Roman philosopher Lucius Anneas Seneca once said, “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” Well, my journey toward being kinder started with a dog. That’s right, a dog! One day, a bristly-haired terrier found her way to my yard, tempted by the scent of white-tailed deer and cottontails. Moments later, my doorbell rang.
Ms. Alice was a comedian in a former life--that is to say, she made one appearance on stage. “They always said I was loquacious...not funny!” she joked. I chuckled, appreciating her dry sense of humor. She even shared wisdom having been a stay-at-home mother like me. What should have been a 5-minute walk stretched into a 45-minute stroll!
Talking to Ms. Alice softened the sting of sadness; her conversation reminded me of happier times with my grandmother. In those moments, our 45-year age difference didn’t matter. We were two women giving each other what we both needed: kindness.
Although our encounter was brief, meeting Ms. Alice and Lucy reminded me of our responsibility to be kind to one another. Kindness means to operate in such a way that respects the needs of others without the expectation of reciprocity. As Christians, it’s one of our core values.
Yet, how often do we go without showing kindness at work, at home, at school, and dare I say even at church? The pandemic exposed a lot about God’s people, but it also gave us an opportunity to rise to the occasion. Talking with Ms. Alice proved to me that kindness is still needed, and a little bit can go a long way.
1.Be available: In Galatians 6:10, Paul suggests “as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people.” When you are kind, it tells God that you’re willing to prioritize what is important to Him. I challenge you to say “yes” to being kind.
2.Be realistic about your expectations: Being kind doesn’t necessarily mean overextending yourself. Many Christians suffer needlessly trying to be everything for everyone when God will supply everything we need (Philippians 4:19). Being kind shouldn’t be a burden; however, it might move you out of your comfort zone to let the light and love of Christ reach a bit farther.
In closing, we all have chances to be kind. Think about the young parent in your congregation who is struggling, the co-worker who seems overwhelmed, or the elderly neighbor needing a listening ear.
How can you be available, realistic, and identified with Jesus by being kind? Whenever I see people walking their dogs in my new neighborhood, I’m reminded of the day a dog prompted me to be kinder. Let’s go out of our way to choose kindness; I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Please join the conversation and share your thoughts about what kindness means to you.
Miya Hunter-Willis is a former history teacher turned newbie writer. As a wife and stay-at-home mother to four children, Miya finds humor in daily life and translates these foibles into her writing.
Over the past 13 years, Miya served in several ministerial capacities including Director of Small Groups, Bible Study Teacher, and armor bearer to the First Lady of New Life Fellowship International Ministries.
Recently, Miya contributed to Chicken Soup for the Soul’s The Blessings of Christmas released in October 2021. She’s part of the Flourish Writers Academy community where she’s working on a book tentatively entitled A Moment of Hope: Raising Teenage Sons.
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