In Come Share the Being, Bob Benson told of an electrician they nicknamed Motormouth because he was such a talker. He always had a smile and a ready answer to any question. But one day Motormouth shot himself.

Benson wrote, “I’d asked him lots of times how he was doing, but I guess I had never asked him in a way that made him want to tell me. Life in a way is like those electric bumper cars at the amusement park. We just run at each other and smile and bump and away we go.”

Kindness is time-consuming. It uses up time we could spend on ourselves. It takes time to visit people, to do small favors, to listen to the heartaches and heart longings of others.

Sometimes, though, kindness requires almost no time, just a sincere interest in others. It is a matter of awareness and sensitivity that are very simple in nature. A smile. A hug. A sharing.

Dear Jesus, give me grace to take time to show the kindness to others that You give to me.