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Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Need for Compassion.

“If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you" (Leviticus 25:35, NIV).

Sometimes we are nicer and more compassionate to a stranger in need than we are to those around us. Whether we help out the stranger, or not, we at least see that he is there. At times, we live in blindness to the need for compassion in those that live closest to us. So, what's the answer?

Open your eyes. See what's going on. Be willing to take your eyes off of you and see what's going on in the lives of real people around you, especially those that are closest to you.

Open your hearts. Allow yourself to be moved by the struggle of another. Let your heart feel what they feel. Sometimes the greatest thing you can do for anyone is to share the burden. You may not be able to change anything, but the power of sincere empathy and sympathy have potentially a greater impact than anything else you could ever give. It's just knowing that you care.

Open your hands. Extend yourself out of the busyness and the routines of your world into the lives of those who might be struggling. Open your hands and give a little of YOU. What do you have to give? Give an ear to listen, a shoulder lean on, and hand to guide, or just some time to invest in them during their time of trial. Be open with what God has given you.

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