“… Kindness begins with me.” (Children’s Songbook, 145b)
You know, once you decide to work on a goal, stuff happens and it becomes kind of hard. Take our family goal this year: Try to Show Kindness in All That You Do. Well, people do dumb things. People say dumb things. From where I stand, sometimes it looks like people live dumb things. And, sadly, that makes it hard to be nice. But like the song says, “I want to be kind to everyone, for that is right, you see.” And so it is. It’s right. It’s hard, but it’s right. So even though the first week of January made this feel particularly difficult, I’m going to keep trying.
I’m thankful for the Atonement, by the way. I’m thankful that the Savior was so kind that he was willing to offer forgiveness even to people who intentionally hurt him. And then he still offers forgiveness to those of us who get angry when people are intentionally mean to us or toward people or things we hold dear. It’s hard to be kind and angry at the same time. Believe me, I’ve tried. I found out that kindness is much easier if I just give the angry back to Jesus and let him take care of it. He always does if I let him.
Thanks so much to a sweet reader who stumbled upon my request for something to hang on my wall to remind me about my new goal. In a quick whirlwind of talent and kindness, she created this printable (above) for me, and I love it. You’re welcome to download your own copy here. Thanks, Jen!
Somewhere on Facebook, a friend also shared this video of the primary song that’s the source of the goal phrase. It’s really quite lovely, and I felt the spirit confirming the simple, sweet message as I listened. Hope it adds a dose of goodness to your day, too.
“At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice, but I try to listen as the still small voice whispers, Love one another as Jesus loves you. Try to show kindness in all that you do. Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought. For these are the things Jesus taught.“
Have a great week, friends.