Message from Staff
Kia ora everyone,
This week we are exploring how ‘Love is kind, so we need to act with kindness’.
A few years ago I would have thought of ‘nice’ and ‘kind’ as being the same thing, but in more recent years I have come to associate the word ‘kind’ with a far greater depth. To be truly kind we sometimes need to be stronger than the word ‘nice’ implies.
I spoke with the children this morning about how sometimes they may not realise that when their teachers have them practice a certain behaviour in their break time they are actually being kind, even though the child may not think they are being particularly nice. I spoke to them that it is similar with their parents – you may insist that your child cleans up their toys or comes to school on time, and sometimes that might not seem ‘nice’, but ultimately it is the kinder thing to do as it is teaching them valuable lessons and habits. To me, being kind is doing what is needed for the benefit of the other person.
Sometimes being kind is the harder option in a situation. It involves taking the time to think through what will benefit someone in the long run and persevering with this when things get hard. At other times kindness is as simple as a smile as you walk past someone or buying a friend a coffee.
The kindness we can offer others often relies on the kindness we can show ourselves. I encourage you this week to deliberately take time to be kind to yourself, and also allow God’s kindness to fill your hearts.