There is an old adage that says kindness cost you nothing. In the past two week, I have seen both sides of this saying first hand.
When my mother-in-law passed away last Tuesday, I saw an outpouring of kindness from people around the world. People who are part of our church and people who have never stepped foot in a church came together to help us raise money for her funeral expenses.
However, when I was out getting things ready for the concessions stand at the high school, I saw many examples of a great lack of kindness. People shoving each other and cussing each other out. It was a spectacle to behold.
This later group thinks that being kind to another human being is one of the most expensive things that can be asked of them. They feel as though they are owed kindness, but that they are not required to show kindness to others. They easily forget the Golden Rule.
You remember the Golden Rule don’t you? “Do unto others as you would have done to you.” (Luke 6:31) It is one of Jesus’ teachings during the famous Sermon on the Mount. However, it has its basis in old Jewish traditions.
I know that this is a hard teaching. It is easier to ignore people or to be indifferent to them. However, we are called to treat them as we want to be treated. We do not like the idea of being ignored. And we certainly do not want to be treated with indifference. Yet, we do this to others on a regular basis.
As we go about our daily lives, let us try to show each other kindness without counting the cost.
After all, kindness cost us nothing!