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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Offering a Gift of Kindness

The little things in life can make the most difference. My daughter helping me carry in groceries on a day I'm overwhelmed with chores. A stranger offering me thanks at church for playing the piano each week. My husband putting air in my tires when he notices the dashboard light.

Acts of kindness are simple reminders that show others we care about them. They may take a few moments of our day or an entire afternoon. But they speak volumes to the one on the receiving end.

My stepson is without a car for an indefinite period of time because of his recent car wreck. I knew he was concerned about getting back and forth to school and work from his apartment. So, I sent him a text message Monday morning offering to help with rides when I could.

He responded with an appreciative message back. It wasn't a big deal on my part but it communicated to him that I care and want to help him during this stressful period.

I wish I could say I'm always willing to help and come armed with a considerate attitude. But I'm not. I'm selfish with my time and like to consider my needs first. But I realize the value of a Christ-like attitude in doing for others, especially my children.

Stepparenting takes time and sacrifice. The needs of our stepchildren while they are in our home (whether part-time or full-time) last only a season. But the rewards of a willing heart toward unselfish acts of kindness can be seen for many years as a meaningful relationship ensues.

We may not receive the appreciation we deserve for serving our stepchildren. But we will be blessed in knowing we have done our part in offering Christ-like love and kindness.

"Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience..." (Colossians 3:12)

How will you show kindness today?

Related Posts:

Character that Counts

Love is Sacrificial

Reflecting Gentleness

Expressing Kindness to Your Family

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2 Comments:

At November 4, 2010 at 11:23 AM , Blogger Jan said...

Gayla,

Loved your encouraging reminder to clothe myself in kindness towards my 3 stepkids, even when I don't feel like it! My 16 year old son usually does his own laundry - yesterday when I was frustrated with him and stressed, I made a decision to be kind. I washed his clothes, folded and returned them to his room. My hope is to receive a "thank you", but even if that doesn't happen, I feel better for modeling Christ-likeness regardless of the outcome. Have forwarded your blog along to other stepparenting friends!!!

Jan

 
At November 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM , Blogger Step Parenting with Grace said...

What a wonderful act of kindness Jan. I love your willingness to show Christ-like love without expectations of what you'll receive in return. You will be blessed!

Thank you for your comment. You're a great example to other stepparents!

 

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