the quest for compassion


How busy are we?  Are the days filled with so much noise that we fail to see the people hurting all around us?  I am real busy.  My days are so noisy that I can’t hardly think.

Do we buy into the plastic smiles that are pasted on each day?  Are we looking into the eyes of those around us?  Can we see the pain…. the struggle?  Are we asking God to give us HIS eyes.  Our Father’s Eyes?

I have run into several people in the last few days where their smile says…  “I am fine.”  Their eyes say, “Please don’t be nice to me…. if you are nice to me, I will cry.  I need to cry…I am barely holding it under the surface right now…. I am not sure I can be that fragile with you….”

Each person’s story was different.  Each one of them needed a hug. Each one of them completely lied to me when I asked them how they were.  They said, “fine.”  I smiled and said I didn’t believe that… I listened, we hugged.  We cried.  We prayed.

I don’t know if it helped………

Maybe it made them feel worse…………

I don’t know……….  but God does.

He wants me to be a woman of compassion, loving others, ministering to their needs.  Ephesians 4 tells me to work with  my hands that I might have something to give him who had need.  To make sure my words are filled with grace, that phrase in the Greek means for me to be able to say what is needed in the nick of time….  I am to be kind with a tenderness that come from deep within.

I can’t do that if I am walking through church “On a Mission” to get from point A to point B.  I can’t do that when I can only see my To Do list each day.  If I am not reading my Bible, what wisdom will have to share in the nick of time?

Friends,  I struggle with this.  I am a get it done gal.  Go, Go, Go…. is what my days look like.  I ask for your prayers as God molds me into the woman of compassion that he wants me to be.

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One thought on “the quest for compassion

  1. nice post my friend! Im often guilty of that “Im fine” response…thank you for looking past that :) Oh and I prayed for you :)

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