Yesterday, while playing with Legos, Jadon was concerned that Leili had more animals then he did. He said to her, “Leili, we will both get eight animals and then it will be fair.” There were 17 animals. Leili responded to him, “Jadon you can have nine and I will have eight.” Jadon then replied, “But then I will have more than you.” To this Leili said, “That’s okay, then you will be happy.” Her level of recognition to his need and her kindness inspired me and blessed Jadon. Leili is a sweetheart! It’s easy to see why her brother wanted her to come with him to spend a month with grandpa and grandma.
Acts 27:3--The next day we put in at Sidon, and Julius treated Paul kindly and allowed him to go to his friends to receive their care.
Julius was a Roman centurion of the Imperial Regiment responsible for guarding Paul and many other prisoners. He owed Paul no favors and could easily have withheld privileges. Instead, he saw something impressive about the apostle and he exercised empathy towards him. He allowed Paul to be blessed by his friends at the risk of Paul escaping or Julius being reported for favoritism.
Do we realize the power of kindness? To some it is a sign of weakness to extend benefit. It is viewed as unwise to allow another to gain advantage. But kind people actually hold the high ground. They recognize that relationships are more important than possessions; that concession and favor build trust and remove angst; and, that while there is risk at being exploited, the benefits outweigh the risks. Kind people reveal an inner security. They make others happy.
Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.—Scott Adams in How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)