Sunday Reflection: Kindness
Did I focus on the 99 positive comments? Nope. I had watched a YouTube video, an interview with Maureen McCormick aka Marcia Brady. You might imagine that it was a popular video, receiving many likes and comments. I wasted my time by reading approximately 100 comments before I yanked my eyes away. Most were good, affirming comments. Some said they’d had a crush on her when they were a kid. Others said they wanted to be just like Marcia Brady when they were growing up. The one that stopped me, made me pull my eyes away, was the one lone comment--only one. This commenter said they could tell that Maureen was high on something and also we were to look at her neck because it didn’t match her surgery altered face.
Mean words hidden behind anonymity and probably that person's own pain and insecurities is a tough way to exist.
The world (people) can be harsh and kind and something in between. When faced with unkind people, it's not easy to be kind back to them, but it is a best practice. We never know what our actions (negative or positive) will do to/for another person. By this time, in the history of the world, we should at least realize that kindness matters.
"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:29-32 (NIV)