31 DJFJS Day 5 – Kindness

The way you always find the light in the dark is to make your hand reach out.

Ann Voskamp

The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life

I am broken.

Even if I was not in career transition, I would still be a broken person because I am human. Life is pretty dark while in transition as there is a lot of uncertainty about my career.

I feel like I am sitting on a square piece of cardboard in the middle of the ocean riding the waves which come at me from all directions, practically swamping me.

I have never felt so alone in my life as I have this year. Yes, God is with me but He is the strong, silent type. (Which I guess is a good thing because when He speaks, you never know what He will ask you to do – He might even ask you to start a blog.)

How does this broken person light up her life? Kindness is the answer. I find it amazing that the answer is one of my two greatest needs. Ruth 1:8-9

Kindness is not only what I need to receive but what I need to give. When I give I receive because giving comes before receiving.

So I will reach out in kindness giving to others and as a result, I receive the light of kindness, making my life less dark.

What if instead of waiting for good things to happen to us, we could be the good thing to happen to someone else whose waiting.

Ann Voskamp



(Author’s note: this post was inspired by Chapter 4 of Ann Voskamp’s new book, The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life. As a member of the launch team, I have received a copy for review. My review is coming on October 25th but based on what I’ve read so far, just pre-order the book. Don’t wait till release date.)

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She encourages widows and educates society by sharing her widowhood adventures. A graduate of Kent State University with a degree in communications, she has used her skills in the banking, collections, insurance, outdoor products and social media industries. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. You can view her photographs at OgleOhio.com, her photography blog, because one blog is not enough.