We don’t have to look far to hear stories of people, of children even, being unkind. It’s heartbreaking to read the stories, to hear of the people who have been hurt by the unkindness of someone else. On the other hand, if you are a parent, isn’t it a blessing when someone tells you that your child was kind? So how can we consistently raise kids who are kind, when we’re inundated with so much unkindness in our world?
It’s good to remember that much of what Jesus did went against cultural norms. From healing on the Sabbath to spending time with unsavory people, Jesus exhibited kindness everywhere He went. We can encourage our children to look out for others in the same way that Jesus did.
This week, Rachel at Be Thee Inspired, shared a wonderful post on raising kids who are kind. I particularly appreciate that she shared a list of ways that we can help our kids to show kindness to others, especially at school. Even if your kids aren’t school-aged, or if you don’t have children, there are so many good applications from her post that I would encourage you to hop over and read it.
Rachel reminds us that the rejection people feel when we are unkind can send a message that they are unworthy or unwanted. Nothing is further from the truth, is it? While some of the rejection that people feel can be intentional, some of it can also be very unintentional, but the hurt is the same. There are wonderful suggestions in Rachel’s post for how to we can try to combat the rejection that people feel.
We have the opportunity to practice showing kindness to others, and also to encourage our children to extend kindness to their friends. Thank you, Rachel, for this encouraging post, and for linking up with us at Grace & Truth!
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