A word of kindness is better than a fat pie. ~Russian Saying
What comes to mind when you think of a fat pie? I made an apple pie for Sunday dinner -- what a delicious aroma filled the house! But when I put the rolls in to bake, we began to smell something -- and it wasn't the yeasty smell of Sue's Sunday Dinner Rolls. When I opened the oven, smoke billowed out. Lesson learned: Boiled over apple pie is not the cinnamon sweetness of the pie itself.
Tears filled my eyes when I read that 160,000 children miss school each day because they fear what their peers will say about them. Doesn't reading this statistic make your heart just ache? It reminds me why I tried to instill the virtue of kindness in my daughters on a daily basis.
Solomon knew the importance of kind words. He said, "Kind words are like honey -- sweet to the soul and healthy for the body." Once we taste the sweetness, we are spoiled for life. Because, not only can the person receiving the kind words taste the gift of bees, but we, too, can enjoy the sweetness that comes from bestowing the kindness blessing.
Blessing with kind words is not something we put on when we feel like it. It's a way of life. With practice it becomes who we are.
I'd like to challenge you to intentionally bless someone with kind words this week -- someone besides family and friends:
- Sales clerk
- Medical personnel
- Coffee shop server
- A child
- Harried Mother
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Mini Pecan Pies
1 1/4 cups brown sugar packed
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mold pie crusts to mini muffin tins. Mix the eggs, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and salt. Stir in the pecans. Fill each crust 2/3 full. Bake 17 minutes. The shells will be light brown and the filling puffed up. Cool and remove from pan. Yield: 30 pies.