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That K word

Kindness is such an odd thing. Sometimes you might do something thinking you are being kind yet the person you do it for is unhappy about it. Like the lost dog I found, and after searching for the owner and not finding him or her, brought the dog to the vet where they could scan his tattoo. They did so and then sent me (the vet doesn’t take lost pets to their homes anymore) to the address. The owner, snatched the dog away and skidded it inside his house and then informed me that he lets his dog just run loose and that’s normal. This is illegal in our town hence my thought that a roaming dog with no owner was a lost pet. You see, if my dog was out wandering I would want someone to find him and take him to our town office or vet office where they could call me, so in my eyes I was doing what I would want someone to do for me. He wasn’t mean, but he wasn’t happy, and boy did I feel guilty for ruining that poor dog’s only time to play outside, even though it had been chasing traffic and could have gotten hurt. You see, kindness is such an odd thing. Like someone who is always correcting people when they make mistakes. It seems rude at the time, but I’ve met people who think they are offering a kindness by not letting that person go on doing or saying that thing wrong, they are being helpful in their own eyes.
So. How do we know what to do to be kind? First. Think what Jesus would want you to do. Check your motive next. Then if those two things fall into place go forth and do what you can. Sometimes what you think is kind may be a hinderance to the person receiving your effort, but theres nothing you can do about that. Just do your best to be the best example of Jesus you can be. Everything else is out of your hands.

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