A Little Compassion Goes a Long Way

compassion

Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)

32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

It can be difficult to live up to Paul’s profound command found in Ephesians 4:32.  The verse doesn’t come with an escape clause.  It says to be kind and compassionate and to forgive, but makes no mention of expecting others to return the favor.  We should forgive others as God has forgiven us.

Frederick Buechner once said, “Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin.  It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you, too.”

Living in Ames, it is common to see homeless people standing at certain intersections with a sign asking for food.  My wife and I consider ourselves compassionate people, but our fear is that if we give them money, they may not use it for food.  They might just use it for alcohol.  We certainly don’t want to be enabling a drinking addiction.

This past Christmas, my wife and I came up with a good idea.  We put together care packages that included things like, fruit cups, gum, toothbrush, socks, hand warmers, Kleenex, and other basic essentials.  We put them in little red bags and my wife and I each took a couple of these bags and put them in our vehicles.  The idea was that when we would come upon homeless people in town, we could just give them a bag and know that it would be used for the intended purpose.  So far, I have given out 2 bags and, while I can only assume they appreciated them, I know that through showing compassion, it filled my heart with love and joy that spilled out through the rest of each of those days.

When I think about what it means to be compassionate, I think of those care bags, the homeless people, I gave them to, and the many others in similar situations.  Helping others is one of the most basic Christian tenets.

I want us to take a minute to ask ourselves the following two questions:

What does the word compassion mean to you?

Why is it important for Christians to show compassion for others?

God’s compassion for us is greater than we can possibly fathom.  We need to always remember and be thankful for the gift of salvation that God gave us, even though we did not deserve it.  We can reflect our thankfulness to God by being compassionate to those in need around us.  They are God’s children also,

Make the decision to give somebody a hand, whether a pat on the back, kind words, or something g more substantial.  You’ll never know what it might mean to others.

 

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Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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One Response to A Little Compassion Goes a Long Way

  1. Jill Ford says:

    Bill,

    Excellent idea. We’ll have to talk about this idea!

    Jill E. Ford, Sr. Mary Kay Consultant

    Triple “J” Farm

    7830 Ansborough Ave

    Waterloo, Ia 50701

    Cell# (319)404-4652

    http://www.marykay.com/jford7

    jford72@speednet.com

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