When we are kind to others, we also feel good about ourselves. Jesus reminds us to be kind, or do unto others as we would want others to treat us. In other words, “love your neighbor as yourself.” This is the golden rule that Jesus asks us to follow.
I have listed 5 items that I ask the St. Joseph’s students to follow:
Do Unto Others - Jesus said this on the Sermon on the Mount. Think about others and ask yourself how you might feel if someone treated you unkindly. Would you want someone to praise you or make fun of you for not doing something right? Think carefully before you speak.
If you cannot say something nice – Think about what you are going to say. If the words you are going to speak are not kind, walk away and say nothing at all. Make a point of only saying kind and positive words.
Kind words and smiles – Take your kind words and use them outside of school. Make a point of telling the person at the grocery check out “thank you” and “have a nice day”. Not only does this make them feel good, it makes you feel good! Smile at everyone….smiles are contagious!
Say "Please" and "Thank you"! – Using these small words is not only kind, but it is respectful! Tell your teachers, parents, and friends "please" and "thank you"! This goes a long way in showing kindness and respect.
Kindness is contagious - Be the example! When others hear you using kind words, smiling, and using your manners, other people start following your lead. Being kind is one way you have the power to change the world, and our world could use a lot of kindness right now!
I challenge you each to remember how Jesus loves us and asks each of us to follow the golden rule. How will you show kindness this week?