KILL THEM WITH KINDNESS? Well, not literally kill them but it is time for more kindness to be exhibited in our society. And what better time of year is there to show kindness to one another than during the Christmas season? I was standing on the sidewalk in line in front of the Honey Baked Ham Store along with a zillion other people waiting to pick up my items for the Thanksgiving meal. Yes, I know, you don’t have to say it, but the adult grandchildren we were serving appreciated the fact I wasn’t cooking it. Everyone seemed to be in a good mood and we were actually talking to one another even though we were strangers. All of a sudden we heard the sound of a blaring car horn. Loud and long. It seems some poor unsuspecting soul was pulling out into the main parking lot road from a side road and it really irritated a driver coming their way, even though they were a half a block away. It was unnecessary and it was rude and everyone on the sidewalk knew it. I wish I could say this was unusual where I live but it isn’t. And I won’t bother you with the details of where most of the people come from in the area of Florida where I live.
But certainly we Christians should be different. God’s Word says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, KINDNESS (emphasis mine), humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12 NIV) Kindness shown to one another in our society appears to be a vanishing social grace as everyone seems to be intent on claiming their “rights.” But what does it really cost us when we are in traffic to let someone into our lane and in front of us that needs to be there? And can we not hold a door open in public and let others enter in before us? What will we do with the extra time we save by going first? When we see an older person struggling with an item or a need can we not take the time to help them? And if a cashier, table server, or other restaurant worker fouls everything up can we not show kindness toward them? After all, except by God’s grace it could be us in those situations.
Don’t actually kill people with an act of kindness thinking you are putting them out of their misery. But we can make the people around us realize that there are some people who live and think differently than most people in society. Remember God calls us, “God’s chosen people.” That being true we should reflect the same knowing Jesus has changed us and we should show it. Who knows, we might begin a “kindness” revolution this Christmas season. So don’t fight over those bargains out there but rather “consider others better than yourselves.” That bargain probably isn’t as good as you think anyway.