I’ve had many folks ask where I get ideas for signs. And to be honest, most of my ideas for new signs come from experiences in my everyday life: something going on in my family, a book I’m reading, a sermon I’ve heard, a conversation with a friend, a topic in a podcast, etc. I don’t worry what other sign makers are creating. I avoid the influence of Pinterest. I don’t get too caught up with what the “popular” sayings happen to be. I want my sign ideas to be born from what’s happening around me, and then creatively sprout to life within my own heart and mind. Generally, I feel like my mind is so filled with ideas, I could never possibly get them all out – although I try!
I can’t quite remember where I first heard this saying. But it was one of those that I immediately texted to myself to remember, as I knew it needed to be made into a sign. I’d been pondering the idea of a new “kindness-related” sign, and I loved the image of kindness being “put on,” like clothing or make-up or a new pair of shoes. Oftentimes we’re doing so much to “look good” on the outside, when truly, it is the inner character of our person that shines the brightest. Kindness is actually a win-win for everyone involved. Not only does kindness benefit the recipient, but ultimately it makes the giver of the act look good, too. I believe Colossians 3 says it best, “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…and above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony (vv. 12, 14).”
So why not wear kindness more often? Put on a little love. Try out some patience or compassion. These things look good on all of us.