Has Kindness Become a Thing of the Past?

Has Kindness Become a Thing of the Past?   By Sharon Sheppard

Last June, summer surely didn’t look like it was going to be much fun for 

3-year-old Quinn Waters. After receiving treatment for brain cancer that temporarily wiped out his natural immunity, his doctors said he couldn’t go outdoors for three whole months.

But then a wonderful thing happened. Friends, relatives, and complete strangers starting showing up outside his window to create spontaneous entertainment for little Quinn. 

Two of Quinn’s uncles staged a water fight outside his window. Local police and firefighters put on a show for him that included police cars and red firetrucks driving past with engines roaring and sirens screaming.

During the weeks that followed, the punk band Dropkick Murphys stopped by to perform. Later, others showed up to read stories, juggle, sing, and do their very best to lift this little boy’s spirits and keep him entertained. His summer turned out to be anything but boring.

Quinn’s dad, Jarlath Waters, said, “We opened the window, and the world showed up.”

At a time when conversations often turn to less upbeat topics ranging from Congress to climate control to cyberbullying, it’s refreshing to know that not everyone has forgotten how to show compassion.

Our “Fruit of the Month” is KINDNESS, and it can be surprisingly easy to extend it to others who may desperately need some encouragement. It doesn’t always have to take a lot of time, money, or effort to help someone feel happy, appreciated, or encouraged. A compliment to a store clerk, a thank you note telling a neighbor or lonely relative or an overworked teacher how much you appreciate them can mean more than an expensive gift.

The Bible tells us we should “. . . Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32 TLB)

Let’s “Just Do It!”

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