Kindness is simple. There is nothing complex about it. It should just be who we are and what we do. But instead, we add in our own determinants. We dole it out based on merit or worthiness. We decide that if they treated us this way then we don’t have to be kind. If they could be a drug addict, then we don’t have to give them money. If they were really nice to us then we won’t mind too much. We create our own definitions of “deserve”. Often times we don’t even realize we are doing it. Our minds leap ahead of our hearts and decisions are made and conclusions are drawn in seconds.
Sometimes our ability to be kind is based on our own mood. On good days, we can go from kindness to generosity in great leaps without a second thought. But what about on bad days? Or in vulnerable moments? We let fear tell us a kind gesture will be rejected. Maybe some days we are too angry or too self-centered to even notice an opportunity to be kind. Often times we are just too unforgiving or too prideful.
I have had to ask myself often: Am I really kind if I am only kind when it’s easy? or when I feel like it? Probably not.
Lets simplify kindness.
I am not saying kindness is easy or even natural at times. It is everything but. It’s sometimes a battle to be kind. Sometimes it is a sacrifice. And sometimes you don’t get rewarded. But the charge still stands. And the charge is simple.
Be kind and compassionate with one another, bearing with one another in forgiveness. Ephesians 4:32
Jesus was kind to everyone. Let’s make an effort to have our hearts and actions reflect the heart and actions of our Savior. Let’s strive to be kind when it is easy and when it is hard. Let’s strive to be kind when our mood is up and when our mood is down. Let’s strive to be kind when we are hangry (hunger that has rapidly evolved into anger) and when we are full.
When I think of kindness I think of sugar cookies.(#lindsaylogic). They are so easy to make and so easy to eat. They are simple cookies that bring much joy. Lets do the simple things this week: bake some cookies and be kind. Its as simple as that.
Simple concept. Simple recipe. Huge reward.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant- 1 Corinthians 13:4
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.- Galatians 5:22-23
Good HouseKeeping- The best sugar cookies ever
- 1 c. butter, softened
- 1½ c. sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 c. all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- Ornamental Frosting (optional)
- Coarse sugar crystals, silver dragées, holiday decors (optional decorations)
- In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In separate large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat butter and sugar until blended. Increase speed to high; beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Reduce speed to low; beat in egs and vanilla until mixed, then beat in flour mixture just until blended, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces; flatten each piece into a disk. Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove1 piece of dough from refrigerator. On lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll dough until slightly less than 1/4 inch thick. With floured 3-inch to 4-inch cookie cutters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible; reserve trimmings. Place cookies, 1 inch apart, on two ungreased large cookie sheets.
- Bake until edges are golden, 12 to 15 minutes, rotating cookie sheets between upper and lower oven racks halfway through. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough.
- When cookies are cool, prepare Ornamental Frosting, if you like; use along with sugars and candies to decorate cookies. Set cookies aside to allow frosting to dry completely, about 1 hour. Store in tightly covered container (with waxed paper between layers if decorated) at room temperature up to 2 weeks, or in freezer up to 3 months.
* when I don’t have cookie cutters I use glasses or mason jars to make round cookies! You can also roll your cookie balls in sugar and then flatten them out. (Who wouldn’t want more sugar?!)