Conversations About Kindness - The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness Devotional
Conversations about Kindness
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
Settling into the hour-long drive to my parents’ house with my children a captive audience in the backseat, I struck up a family conversation on kindness given and received. As we each took a turn sharing a story of doing something (or receiving something) kind, Aaron and I found ourselves entering into an unexpectedly wonderful conversation with our children.
After each story, we asked questions about how certain actions made others feel or added a comment that helped our children shift their perspective on a situation. We talked about successes and failures, what could have been done differently or better, what perhaps should not have been done at all.
My daughter shared a story of approaching a slightly older girl who was feeling excluded and inviting her to join her friend group. Her insights into the situation revealed maturity and reminded me that we often underestimate the ability of our children to understand concepts that adults sometimes struggle with. As she told her story, she explained that it doesn’t matter if you are smaller, younger, or older than someone—you can still be kind and help them. How often do we, as adults, disqualify ourselves from reaching out to another because we believe we are too young, are too old, or don’t have the right skill set? Hearing truth in the words of an eight-year-old is humbling, indeed.
As we expanded upon the stories that poured out, the conversation naturally turned to the biblical mandate on the lives of those who follow Christ to treat others kindly. We shared more about our own childhood experiences and how we show kindness now. We encouraged our children to think for themselves and to keep their eyes, ears, and hearts open for opportunities to show the love of Christ to those around them. It’s the showing and the sharing with our children what lived-out Christianity means in our own lives that sets them up for a lifetime of walking with God.
— Today’s Act of Kindness —
Don’t forget to include the children in your life in living out intentional kindness. Share stories with them, encourage them, and guide them in their own kindness journey.