What is kindness? We've all probably heard the word many many times, whether it's from our teacher or our pastor. The actual definition of kindness is "the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate." Think of a person right now, who would be described as that. I'm sure if I asked you if they are kind, you would say a definite yes.

As Christians, we are called to be friendly, generous, and considerate towards everybody. Sometimes, it can be difficult. I was told once that you can love everybody, but you can't agree with everybody. It is so true! We all have our own opinions, and there will be someone that won't agree with us. It doesn't mean that we can't be kind to them.

In seventh grade, I encountered a girl who was kind to my friends, but not to me. She was also a year older than us, and close to one of my friends, so I didn't want to say anything to her. I felt like she was always being rude to me and ignoring me. I was frustrated! No matter how hard I tried to get her to like me, it wouldn't work. When I told my mom about it, she explained to me how the girl was probably jealous of my friends and I since she didn't have many. My mom reminded me that I should continue to treat her kindly even though she may not treat me the same way.

Over the next couple of weeks, I continued to be kind to her. She eventually started being kind to me and we became friends. We don't know what is going on in other people's lives, so we shouldn't ever treat people based on what we think we know. We should always treat people with the kindness that we want.

One of my favorite kindness acts that I did with FCA is shopping for a shelter. We raised money at school throughout the year. Then, we went on a big shopping trip where we each got lists of items needed. We bought all that we could and brought it to the shelter. After, we helped organize all of the food. Although we had been working a lot, I still really enjoyed helping out other families in need. Kindness is an incredible thing that can change not only other's lives, but also yours.

“The LORD bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor."

Remember: Live Simply, Laugh Often, Love Deeply

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