Thursday, October 27, 2011

31 Days of Virtue: Day 27

... to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Titus 2:5

"Be kind" sounds like such a simple command. It's something we tell children, 'Be kind;' 'Be nice.' Yet, here is Paul reminding adults, specifically women, to be kind. It seems so hard sometimes to be kind to those we don't necessarily get along with. But we need to just grit our teeth, smile, and bear it. No one has ever died from being kind. 

Being kind shows we care. And yes, we should care for those whose attitudes rub us the wrong way. We need to set an example for our children and teach them how to be kind. We don't have to gossip about someone and find out the latest details; we don't have to start an argument over petty, non-important things; and we don't have to have the last words with our husbands. 

Being kind sometimes means doing the smallest thing for someone else: a smile and warm hello to a coworker; being patient with a waitress who wrote down the wrong order; or letting someone with few items check out before you even though you are in a hurry to get home as well. 

Being kind isn't hard; it just takes effort.

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