Conspiracy of Kindness

The 19th century novelist Henry James wrote classics such as The Portrait of a Lady, The Bostonians, and The Ambassadors. University students today still study his writings.

However, few students learn about the novelist’s perspective on the most basic matters of life. Perhaps the best expression of James’ views occurred in a conversation he had with his nephew, William. Wishing to offer his best advice, Uncle Henry said, “Willie, three things are important in human life. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”

Mother Teresa prayed, “Dearest Lord, may I see you today and every day in the person of your sick, and whilst nursing them minister to you.”

Jesus said that when we bless the unfortunate, we bless him. A good measure of one’s character is what they do when no one is watching. Kindness is part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

Today, find someone who needs a touch of kindness. It won’t be hard – we all do. Offer a random act of kindness for someone who cannot pay you back. As you bless others, you will bless your Lord.

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