Put Kindness in her sparkly dress and let her shine

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. ~Tenzin Gyatso

I have found the secret, friends. That treasure of a secret that was lost at the bottom of the ocean. That secret that few have discovered. I've had an epiphany and I will enlighten you on it. Don't be turned off by it's simplicity; that's what makes it beautiful. Don't shrug it off because you've heard it a thousand times; if you knew just how valuable this little nugget of wisdom is you would let it be whispered in your ear a thousand times a day just to savor its goodness. Here it is, this beautiful secret, adding up to five words:

the. world. needs. more. Kindness.

I know, I know. It's what your mother repeated to you everyday on your way to school: be kind. It's what the teacher said to you when the bully started making fun of your freckles or your braces: kill 'em with kindness.* It's what the pastor said in that country church's pew on that early Sunday morning when your mama and your grandmother were squeezing you in like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich: be filled with kindness.

We have worn out the word like our favorite pair of sneakers. We have ate it and spat it out as quick as someone doing the cinnamon challenge. It's lost all its luster and we've grown up and the world is rarely kind to us, so we shrug off this kindergarten word and move onto bigger and better things... or so we tell ourselves.

But what does Kindness look like in motion? What does one look like when they pull it over their shoulders and let her hang on their body, hugging the curves and swaying when they walk? What does the world look like when Kindness rolls in on her vespa?

Well, I will answer these questions for you: Kindness changes the world.

Kindness is like magic. She creates smiles, laughter, peace, friendships, love, happy tears and restoration. She mends lonely, broken hearts. She picks up those who have fallen in their own muddy mess and were too discouraged to ever get back.

Kindness is that sweet old lady you know who always has a cookie for you when you stop by for a visit. Kindness is the kid in school who decides the loner has had one too many nasty remarks thrown his way and stands up to the one spitting out the insults. Kindness is leaving thousands of love letters addressed to strangers.

Kindness is a precious jewel, one rarely taken out of our mother's jewelry box. A gem that tends to only show her face when the holidays roll in or something tragic comes.

But Kindness is meant to be flaunted. Kindness was made to be dolled up and taken out and mingled around the room.

So show off your Kindness. Let her put on her sparkly dress and shine. But be warned: kindness is addictive. Once you try her out, she leaves you wanting more. And don't be too scared or too busy or too distracted to give in.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. -Ephesians 4:32

*Sometimes I had selective hearing and would only hear "Kill 'em."