“Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” - Proverbs 3:3
What does it mean to tie kindness and truth around our necks? Or even to initial it to our hearts? I have a friend who got a tattoo over his heart that says, “Remember your promise.” I guess that’s one way to really place something on our hearts.
We all have different things we do to help us remember the person we are and the person we want to be. Some people use jewelry, others tattoos, and some write notes and keep pictures. I have a necklace I often wear that says, “trust.” It’s one way I try to remember to place my trust in God. Yes, I struggle with trust, and although it’s a small reminder, it’s a powerful one for me.
So what are some ways we can begin to keep kindness at the front of our hearts and minds? After working in a hospital and hospice for many years, I began to recognize more the value of a smile. Even when I don’t feel like smiling, a smile has the ability to change a person’s day. A kind gesture of a smile or even saying hello has the power to change someones day.
I believe many people walk around on a daily basis, lonely and wishing someone would see them, and acknowledge their presence. We may never know who those people are, or if a smile and a kind word will change their day, but we can hope that as we show kindness people will see Christ’s light and love shine through us.
Holy Spirit, today help us to be mindful of showing kindness to others. Help us to keep this characteristic at the front of our hearts and our minds, so that as we interact with people we can share the love of Christ, by showing the Spirit of Kindness as it grows in our hearts. Amen.