Kindness grows respect

Love is about treating people with kindness and respect, regardless of how you feel about them. “Love your enemies.” I want to be an extremist at kindness — kind to one and all (even to the people who make it difficult to be kind to them).

Apology is powerful! I’ve found that apologizing, even when I feel I’m right, releases healing (and it hurts nothing but my pride). The more I bathe my mind in positive, uplifting thoughts, the better I feel and the kinder I am.

When all lives matter to all people, racism, suicide, abortion, and gun violence will all be gone. (We’ve still a long way to go.) If all lives matter, then all lives need to be respected and treated with kindness.

Kindness treats people well, even when they disagree with you. Kindness confounds unkind people. Go confound someone today. It’s unreasonable to expect people to be nicer to you than you are to yourself.

We can use words to try to get our way, or we can use words to actually communicate heart to heart. Speak kind words.

The best way to get respect is to give it — not demand it. When laws are enforced disrespectfully and/or unequally, it’s hard for people to respect those laws.

A fresh slant on Einstein’s famous formula: (E = mc² — Everyone equally matters, consistently and compassionately). Albert put it this way: “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”

To live by
“This for that”
Falls far short of
Kindness for all.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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