• Kari

Sprinkle that stuff everywhere

"Always leave the room cleaner than you found it."

I remember these words from my childhood, and it carried over into my day to day life. If I am walking into the kitchen, I bring cups from the living room to the sink. Leaving the bedroom, I'll pick up the socks on the floor and place them in the laundry basket. I'll wipe up those crumbs left on the table, place the book back on the bookshelf, or throw away the empty wrapper. There are hundreds of these little examples daily with me trying to keep the ever challenging dream of a clean house with two dogs and three children alive. Hands are always full, placing things back in their homes. If you invest a little bit at a time, it's not as overwhelming to clean up!

Why should people be any different? Shouldn't the more important quote be:

"Always leave people better than you found them."

How often are we too preoccupied with ourselves to notice if someone around us is tired, sad, upset, or lonely? When you walk away from people, are they smiling? Do you feel lighter knowing that you helped someone out?

Relationships with others are the most important thing that we will invest in, and yet it seems like we are content to let them get messy. We shy away from the meaningful conversations and stay on the surface. We voice our criticisms and keep the compliments to ourselves.

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. - Ephesians 4:29

I love to compliment people. There is no greater feeling than knowing that you made someone's day a little brighter or their load a little lighter. I will make myself more vulnerable in order to put someone else at ease. I am not sure if this is because I can sense emotions and feel other's feelings radiating off of them like heat, but I am not comfortable if someone else is uncomfortable. My heart hurts for them. So many lessons we learned as a child ring so true into adulthood, and we have forgotten them. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Keep your hands to yourself. Don't pick your nose. If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. - 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Hug the hurt. Kiss the broken. Befriend the lost. Love the lonely. Kindness is free. Sprinkle that stuff everywhere!