Because sometimes these two are the same, but more than often, they aren’t.
Because we are taught that you have to sacrifice coolness in order to show kindness; but isn’t it the opposite? Don’t you think those who are kind are far cooler than the rest?
Because who determines what “cool” really is? And how long will your coolness be relevant? But your kindness? Oh, it stretches far beyond just you and your here and your now. Kindness lingers and it impacts far past when the kindness was extended.
Because kindness, simply put, changes the world.
The small and the big stuff, the hard and the easy, the non-preferential moments and the unpopular moments—all of these, being kind is always an option for you.
Kindness is the magic that changes a sticky or a hard situation into something bearable and possible. It is the honey that soothes a wound, speaks to an aching heart and meets the broken world right where it is, not asking it to change, just asking it to listen.
Kindness wants you to listen to that still, small voice that is always playing in the background if you lean in close enough–do you hear it?–It says, “You are valued here.”
Kindness will always be cool. End of story.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” -Colossians 3:12