I have a secret.
I do not like talking to kids.
Don’t get me wrong, I love talking with kids, I just don’t like talking to them. Like from a stage. When they’re all sitting on the gym floor. Staring at me. Wiggling. Expecting me to pull a rabbit out of my hat or introduce a magic unicorn that farts rainbows.
Speaking to kids about kindness means 95% entertainment and 5% content. You have to get their attention before your message earns a permanent spot in their brains.
I’ve tried it. I want to be good at it. I’m just not. I never get booed off the stage, it’s just not my strong suit, so I never leave an event thinking, “Yeah! Nailed it.”
I got to talk with a guy who is really, really good at talking to kids. He’s also really good at backflips, which probably helps.
Brian Williams is a Kindness Ninja. He started a movement called Think Kindness. He and his team began working with schools to activate and count one million acts of kindness.
When they got to a million, they quit counting, but they didn’t stop their kindness mission.
Using his martial arts skills and the art of competition, Brian speaks to kids and then motivates them to create their own kindness teams within the school.
His efforts have even become global, with high school students actually hand-delivering kindness to kids in Africa.
It’s amazing, but hey, why am I telling you about it when he can tell you himself?
Brian Williams, Kindness Ninja Extraordinaire, is this week’s guest on The Kindness Podcast.
I was sitting in my mini-van when I had this huge idea over-take my heart. Go give her money.
“Her” was the young mom in the shiny gold bikini I had just met at our community pool. The “money” I was being told to give away was mine, and although I didn’t know exactly what I was going to spend it on, I knew it shouldn’t be wasted on a total stranger.
But for some reason, I put the car back in park, got out and awkwardly approached this teenage girl that I hadn’t even known a few hours ago.
“I want you to have this.” The words came out of my mouth and tears came out of her eyes.
What happened next was spectacular. I got back into my mini-van, knowing that I had just been part of a miracle. God and I teamed up in that city pool parking lot and all of a sudden I felt like I could light the world on fire!
I didn’t know it at the time, but God’s miracle wasn’t for the girl in the shiny gold bikini, it was for me. Because that day was the beginning of my kindness ministry. It was the need to share that single experience that turned me into a writer and a speaker.
Today’s Memory Verse is a continuation of our study from 1 Thessalonians. “Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19 (NLT)
I never knew how intimately involved God wants to be in the tiny details of our lives. Why would a big God want to deal with my trivial stuff? Isn’t He too busy working out the world’s large-scale problems?
God is never too busy for you, my friend.
God is going to speak to you through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit lives in us and does a remarkable job of guiding us into the right and out of the wrong. (I use the terms God and Holy Spirit interchangeably because I believe they are one and the same.)
When He talks, when He moves, we can’t afford to miss it. We have to be ready.
How do we make ourselves ready? How do we avoid stifling the Holy Spirit?
I’m certain there are a whole lot of theology experts out there who could really break this down for you, so I’m just going to stick with sharing what I know to work in my own life.
- Ask for it. – Ask God to use you, to make you a vessel for Him.
- Expect it. – Know that once you ask, it’s going to happen. God heard you.
- Look for it. – Go about your day on high alert, looking for ways God is showing himself to you and asking you to join Him in some little project.
- Obey it. – If you want the Holy Spirit to continue inviting you to the party, you have to say yes and go!
- Give praise for it. – When you lay your head down at night, think back over the day and thank God for a few specific ways you saw Him working in your life and the lives of others that day. Thank Him that you get to repeat the partnership tomorrow.
Teaming up with God, boldly following the prompting of the Holy Spirit, will open up miracles in your life.
You don’t have to be afraid. God won’t take you where you can’t go. He knows you better than you do.
And thanks to His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish more than we could ever ask or imagine.
Have you felt miserable in your life? Ever wanted to make a u-turn on whatever road you were on and start again?
That’s what Leon did.
Leon Logothetis is my guest in this very first episode of The Kindness Podcast. He has an amazing Netflix series and he’s a rockstar in the world of kindness.
I’m crazy excited for you to hear his words— and the words of the other people coming up in each episode of this podcast — because I know as I know as I know that those words will lead to new thoughts in your brain and those thoughts will lead to new actions and those actions will change your life for the better.
That’s the power of kindness!
Are you ready???
Here are the links on iTunes (this is where you can rate and review the podcast) and Google Play. Same podcast, two places to listen.
Now, a couple of questions I’ve been asked recently:
1. What is a podcast? It’s like a radio interview, only you can listen to it anytime you want for free from the internet, on your phone, tablet or computer. Driving, exercising, cooking dinner, you listen when you want.
2. What is The Kindness Podcast? This is my baby. It is only coming to life because of divine intervention via WOUB Public Media and a very kind man named Tom Hodson. This is a weekly show in which I get to interview celebrities, kindness experts, and people who have really amazing stories that will fill your cup right to the top. You’ll find new episodes every Thursday!
3. What can I do to help you with this Nicole? Okay, so no one has technically asked this yet (except for my podcast team — thank you!!!), but there is something I desperately need from you. Between now and Monday, Oct. 16th, would you please go to iTunes and rate or review The Kindness Podcast? I have a goal of 150 reviews by Monday. The goal is to get so many ratings/reviews in such a short period of time that the folks at iTunes say, “Hey, I guess people want to hear about kindness” and then begin featuring The Kindness Podcast on their own. That kind of exposure could crack open the whole podcast world for my little kindness team!
Thank you in advance for listening and rating. Thank you, as always, for loving on me so well. I hope I’m able to love on you equally well through each episode and help pass along tools to make your life as full and refreshing as it can possibly be!