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Kindness vs. Curtness

Kindness matters was a plaque we gave my brother-in-law, Steve, years ago. Steve prioritized kindness. I admired how he respected people from all walks of life and was careful not to belittle anyone, even in difficult situations or when emotions ran high. Steve diffused arguments with kindness and humor.

Kindness does indeed matter and stands out in a curt and rude world.

Unfortunately, Steve recently passed away too young, and now more than ever, I want to practice the motto he lived by.

Kindness remembers the other person and how they might feel in a given situation. It is a friend of humility and respect. With kindness, quarrels can be forgotten, and enemies can become friends. I have learned never to underestimate the power of kindness to change the world.

Sometimes when others are rude, I don’t feel like being kind, but then I remember to follow the wisdom found in Colossians 3:12, “To clothe ourselves in kindness.” I want to be more like the Steves in the world that bring people together instead of tearing them apart.



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