Compassion

I feel that one thing missing in our today’s society is a showing of genuine compassion; to have pity and show kindness and tenderness to another.  In so many ways, we have become a nation of self-serving, self-seeking, self-indulging, and self-edifying souls geared towards the philosophy of,  “If it don’t bother me…then don’t bother me!”  People have divided themselves into “clicks” of mutual interests and if you do not share in those same interests, qualities, or characteristics… then simply don’t bother.

I am so glad that while living on planet Earth Jesus did not buy into this self-seeking, self-indulgent persona.  No, he actually cared enough to “feed the crowds” and “weep” over the death of a friend; even though He was the very Resurrection of Life! And, to die upon the Cross for the Sins of mankind.  What compassion He showed!

Compassion is missing from many of our families, communities, schools, universities, businesses, and government.   To me, compassion is not just handing someone a dollar but helping them learn how to earn a dollar.  As the old adage says, “Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will help to feed him for a life time.”

Showing compassion and interest in another’s life can be hard work and not always fully accepted or appreciated by that person.  I know.  As a teacher, I wanted each of my students to succeed. As I graded papers, I wanted each student to pass.  But, that wasn’t always the case.  And, although I tried to provide extra help and assistance when needed, sometimes it was just not gladly accepted or received.

Sometimes, it’s easier to understand the deeper meaning of a word when we contrast the word with its opposite meaning.  Let’s look at what “compassion” is not:  Mean-spirited, hateful, uncaring, provoking, unkind, jealous, unconcerned, slanderous, back-biting, revengeful, stingy, unforgiving, unmerciful, ungrateful, and unloving.  When we choose to display and act out these qualities, we do not possess a heart of compassion.

Today, there may be someone who you need to show or demonstrate compassion towards. Perhaps by sending them a get-well card or a card of encouragement.  A phone call to show them that you care and are praying for them.  Maybe a simple kind deed such as holding the door open for a busy mother or even the UPS man.  Giving your seat up for an older gentleman or lady.  Giving a glass of cold water to the young man outside cutting the lawn.  Allowing the car in front of you to change lanes.  Baking a cake or carrying a meal to a sick friend or loved one.  Even a warm smile and “thank you” can add to a person’s day.  After all, everyone who got up this morning, got dressed, and walked outside into this overly busy world did so with lots of things on their plates and lots to accomplish on their today’s to-do-lists.

Wouldn’t our lives and society be so different if we all showed more compassion.  Maybe words such as, “road rage” would not even be a part of our vocabulary.  And, words such as kind, sincere, and caring would be descriptors used in our everyday vocabulary around our homes, neighborhoods, and work place.

Compassion…to have pity and show kindness to another.

According to Scripture, “Charity (Love)  suffereth long, and is KIND; It does not envy; it does not boast of self, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking…”  In other words, Love can be demonstrated through hearts of Compassion.  (I Corinthians 13:4) Amen.

Prayer:  “Today, Lord, help me to be a more compassionate and caring person. Help me to show someone I care.  Help me to demonstrate your love towards others.”

Be ye kind one to another.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T. Rollins, Author

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