Choose Kindness

I had an experience last week that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about. Let me set the stage for you.

My boyfriend and I went out last Friday night as our date night. As we sat, our waitress delivered our drinks as any waitress would, and then she spilt one all over my brand new $54 sweater that I had only worn once. As she patted me down with paper towels, trying to dry my dripping wet sleeve, she apologized profusely to me. My first reaction was to holler at the waitress for ruining my sweater, but instead, I went to the ladies’ room to try to clean the mess up. My friend that was with me told me that I should go tell the waitress how terrible she is at her job, but I couldn’t do that. And I’ve been thinking about this comment since then.

I don’t know why I didn’t choose to make a scene about the whole thing. Maybe I felt bad for this waitress because I could tell that she was new. Maybe I knew that accidents happen. Maybe, just maybe, I thought that choosing kindness is more important than being ugly to someone who had an accident.

I think that most days we are so focused on what is good for us, what makes us feel good, that we lose focus of what’s most important, and that, my dears, is kindness. Think about it with me, kindness is what we as humans crave. We love kind people. People who are kind tend to be happier, and let’s face it, when you’re kind and positive, its easier to make it through a day. Am I right?

But in this situation, I couldn’t help but think of WWJDWhat Would Jesus Do? All I could think was be kind. Jesus is the ultimate example of kindness. I mean, I’m not going to say I would lay my life down to die for every sinner to make sure we all have eternal life…but Jesus did. Jesus, the Son of God, became friends with sinners and saved us all. Now I’ve never heard of a better act of kindness shown.

I say all of this to say that this world is cruel. Choose to treat one another with kindness. I can say that if I wouldn’t have chosen kindness last Friday night, I may have ruined our whole date night and the night of our sweet waitress. But lastly, I want to leave you all with this,

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32.

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