It doesn’t take much to turn a situation around. It can go one way or the other. Our attitude, the tone of our voice, the feeling in our heart all can show through. And this can cause things to go good or bad. I find it both amazing and disheartening how a simple comment can become a seed that can take root in us. It can be amazing because the seed can be full of positive encouragement and loving kindness. A kind word spoken can begin to find its way into our heart – and if nurtured, can help us to grow and become even better. It doesn’t even have to be a word. It can be a kind gesture, an encouraging smile, or an uplifting note. Kindness can yield kindness.
Unfortunately the opposite is also true. A hateful comment can take root in people as well. Others can start to believe the things that are being said about them. They begin to allow those comments to become a part of who they are and they react based on those seeds. They begin to see themselves as whatever has been spoken of them. A simple off handed comment can change everything, if even for a day.
I find that people, in general, have no trouble spreading seeds of meanness when they do not actually look at someone else. When it can be typed, it just becomes easier. So we have seeds being sown all over that are full of despair. It doesn’t have to be this way. We can be the difference. We can choose what seeds we will cast out today. We can decide that today’s comments will be kind and encouraging and loving. We can make a conscious effort to find something good and positive to say. We can share a good word with someone.
May we spread seeds of kindness wherever we may go today. And may they take root and multiply.
5 May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, 6 so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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