I Believe in kindness

J - Napoleon, Ohio
Entered on February 16, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30

I believe that love and kindness conquer all. Ever since I was little, all I can remember are my parents saying even though people are mean and cruel the best way to conquer hatred is kindness. A scripture that my pastor had used one Sunday, Colossians

3:12-13, state, “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forgive one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you” (NKJV). Jesus taught his followers to bring love, kindness and compassion to others and not to hate your neighbor but forgive him and show love toward him.

When I was young and had first moved to where I live today, I was treated as an outsider. The more I tried to make friends and fit in, the harder it seemed to get for me. The pain that I felt was mental and emotional pain. Because I did not fit their “mold”, they did not want to give me a chance. I remember one day, I went out to play a game of kickball with the neighborhood kids and the response they gave to me was, “We don’t want you around!” Another time I was introduced to someone my own age and their response was, “I already have friends and I don’t need any new ones!” I had been called many names that no kid should ever have to hear. The impact it had on me was devastating, but all the while, I remembered the scriptures I was taught, with giving kindness and love to those that cruel.

It has been almost ten years since that day when I went out to play a simple game of kickball and I can still remember it as if it happened yesterday. Today if you were to ask the people in my town about me, they might tell you that I am a great guy who helps anyone whenever they’re in need. I’m a kind and cheerful person to be around. I also can put a smile on people’s faces. If I had shown my anger and hatered toward these people who were so cruel to me, then that would have me no better then them. Since I chose not to show my hatred but to show them kindness and put a smile on my face, in the end it turned out for the better. I am one of the most likeable guys in school. Now that I’m a senior in high school and getting ready to go away to college, I look back and I believe I made the right choice to show kindness rather than hatred. If I would of shown hatred, I would of chose to go down a wrong path in life, which could have led to a destructive life.