ANYONE CAN BE KIND OR GENEROUS BECAUSE IT IS LESS ABOUT A PERSONALITY TRAIT AND MORE ABOUT ACTING OUT KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY. THE ART LIES WITHIN THE DECISION TO WANT TO BE KIND OR GENEROUS.

IF YOU’RE ANYTHING LIKE ME, YOU WISH YOU WERE NATURALLY MORE KIND OR GENEROUS, AND WHEN YOU SPEND TIME WITH SOMEONE REALLY KIND OR GENEROUS, YOU GET ENVIOUS OF HOW AMAZING THEY ARE. WHAT I REALISED WAS IT STARTS WITH THE SMALL THINGS. PICKING UP A HABIT OF NOTICING OPPORTUNITIES TO BLESS PEOPLE OR SAY A KIND WORD. LIKE ANY CHARACTER TRAIT, IT DEVELOPS WITH PRACTICE. KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY BEGINS WITH AN AWARENESS OF THE INHERENT VALUE OF EVERY PERSON YOU MEET.

WHAT I TRY TO REMEMBER IS THAT EVERYONE HAS A STORY AND EVERYONE NEEDS LOVE. IF THESE THINGS ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF YOUR MIND, THEN YOU BEGIN TO SEE THE PERSON’S STRENGTHS, RATHER THAN JUMPING TO THEIR OBVIOUS WEAKNESSES. IT HELPS YOU TO SEE THEM HOW THEY SHOULD BE TRULY VIEWED- VALUABLE.

GETTING OVER YOURSELF WILL HELP YOU TO BE KIND AND GENEROUS. WHEN YOU ARE SECURE IN YOUR VALUE AND CONTENT WHERE YOU ARE, YOU WON’T BE WAITING FOR YOUR NEEDS TO BE MET, BUT YOU WILL FIND JOY IN MEETING OTHER’S NEEDS. I LOVE THE SAYING ‘PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER YOU OR WHAT YOU SAID, BUT THEY WILL REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL’. IT’S AN EASY THING TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL VALUABLE THROUGH A SIMPLE ACT OF KINDNESS OR GENEROSITY.
 

Miranda Harry is the JH Mornings Pastor of C3 Youth

INSTAGRAM: @MIRANDAKHARRY

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