Spreading a Little Kindness

A friend loves at all times...
— Proverbs 17:17a

I had the luxury of a little time today.  It came in a strange form; one that would normally drive me crazy, but today I was able to just breathe, catch up on what's going on with some friends and watch interactions around me.  This unexpected gift came while waiting on a follow up appointment with a doctor.  The doctor was running very late so I had the "gift" of an extra hour to sit in the waiting room.  Normally my Type A personality would have been extremely annoyed by this inconvenience in my incredibly scheduled day, but today it didn't bother me a bit.  Maybe it's because I've been running 100 mph lately and really just needed a few minutes of calm.  But whatever the reason, I am so glad the doctor was late because I was able to sit back and witness an awful lot of goodness and kindness in just everyday life.

In this fast pace world where people are often too busy to even speak when they pass in a grocery store or carpool line, it's rare to just stop and see how much kindness is around us every day.  Today there were countless examples of mothers holding the hands of their grown daughters, children escorting parents, spouses and good friends assisting loved ones as they came in and out of the hospital and doctors offices. While I had nothing but time and no where I could go to "stay busy," I started watching all the relationships playing out in front of me.  As I saw faces of nerves and fear transform into grins and giggles, I wondered about the secret conversations taking place between those that were there for support, there to be a friend.  I started scrolling through Facebook statuses and in the scrolling, I saw way too many people I know struggling with varying serious diseases and significant losses.  Instead of focusing on the pain in their lives, I saw the countless comments of encouragement, prayers, scripture verses, offers to cook meals and pick up children.  I saw kindness, goodness, and love.  I saw example after example of people selflessly helping others.  I saw a glimpse of the face of God hidden in the busyness of everyday life, simply and so beautifully taking the form of friendship.

We are made in His image, so when we lay ourselves and our busyness aside and selflessly care for one another in the sometimes menial tasks of daily life, then we are blessed.  We are blessed not only with the change it brings in our relationship, but in getting to actually experience His love, His character, His image!  If that's not motivation, I don't know what is...

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters {friends}.
— 1 John 3:16
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:11

I can't write a post about friendship without mentioning just how overwhelmingly grateful I am for my dear friend and co-writer, Jenny. Thank you for keeping me not only focused, but passionate about living this life to the fullest with my eyes on Christ. You meant the world to me!