Over the last two weeks I have spent time reading Candace Cameron Bure’s book, “Kindness is the New Classy”. I really enjoyed reading this book. Every couple of paragraphs I found myself saying out loud, “YES” or “AMEN” to much of what she had written.
It was refreshing to read Candace’s words about kindness and being a classy person. It was nice to read her words about how wherever you are in life, kindness can make a big difference in another person’s life. Her book provided practical ways of being kind in all different situations. I really liked that aspect of her book but what I truly l loved was that she pointed to the Bible and has drawn on her faith to be as kind as possible in every situation. It was in those moments of reading I wanted to “high five” Candace.
She is very candid in that she doesn’t always respond in kindness but is learning. I understand that full well. I want to respond in kindness in every situation I face but I know just how hard that can be on a daily basis. This is especially hard for me while stuck in traffic! This is just one of the many ways I am tested to show kindness and often fail miserably. (Road rage is real for all of us!)
She draws on Galatians 5:22-23 in the Bible where it says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…” (ESV)
I was struck that kindness and self-control were what stuck out to me in that verse while reading this book. In so many ways these two go hand-in-hand. At one point in the book Candace talked about self-control linking it to kindness. While reading I kept thinking about different situations that I have been in where I in no way, shape or form wanted to be kind to those around me. It has taken self-control to reign in the raw and heated emotions of the moment and not lash out. In so many ways I have seen that a as a sign of spiritual maturity in my life. In the times I am able to reign in those heated emotions I know that I am walking closely with the Lord. The times that I don’t reign them in, I know that I have a ways to go in my spiritual walk.
I agree with Candace that on the days where kindness eludes me, I am usually tired, or hungry. Okay, usually it is both of them together! My mom has figured this out about me and if I get snappy and unkind, she will ask if I need to eat something. One hundred percent of the time we have to shift our plans to find me something to eat so that I won’t be hangry. (Candace mentioned that she keeps protein bars or snacks with her, I do the same!)
All that to say, if you love to read, I think you should read Candace’s book.
How do you foster kindness in your life?