It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chapter 4, Page 14, Book 14

Do not be too moral.  You may cheat yourself out of much life so.  Aim above morality.  Be not simply good; be good for something.  

Henry David Thoreau

Today’s focus:  Give up sin----turn to virtue.

The sin of envy and virtue of kindness

When we are kind we are being good to those around us and when we are envious we can be harsh and negative to and about those around us. If we show people kindness the world would be a better place. Kindness can destroy envy in our hearts by us acting in big and small ways to those who we know and do not know.

Kindness may just be the greatest virtue of all. The dictionary defines kindness as the virtue of showing love and the qualities of having a sympathetic, affectionate, warmhearted and considerate nature. Any virtue can be considered as the power to accomplish good, often in the face of obstacles and at the cost of sacrifice. Virtues enable us to establish and nurture life giving relationships with God, others and ourselves.

Brotherly love overcomes the sin of envy. This virtue involves being genuinely happy at everyone’s success, even those who we don’t particularly like.  We know we have this virtue if we do not ever badmouth someone who has obtained something that we think we deserve

Kindness begins in the heart. In fact, many languages have words that are translated as loving kindness or kind heartedness, which is kindness that goes beyond the basic requirements of civility.

Kindness can soften hearts, lift spirits and mold relationships. The value of our lives is best measured not by the material possessions we’ve acquired, but by the hearts we’ve touched, because who we are is far more important than what we have. 

Being kind is not hard to do. When we are being kind, do not expect anything in return but you are doing it from kindness of your heart. 

Unless I accept my faults I will most certainly doubt my virtues.  

Hugh Prather


linda m said...

I think being kind is definitely one of my better virtues. Have a blessed Holy Week.

betty said...

I think that is so true that kind begins in the heart; it truly is a virtue the world needs more of!



I like the quote, " be good for something." by Henry David Thoreau