Compassion 101

My oldest daughter reminds of myself in many ways. One of them is her intense gift of compassion. She always roots for the underdog, takes on the pain of others, and insists on justice. All qualities of a superhero! I’m glad this is part of who she is. Because of this, I find myself praying for her to develop wisdom. One without the other can be dangerous.

I’ve learned that prayer should always be my first act of compassion. It helps me to focus on what God really needs to do in the situation. The most obvious response isn’t always the best answer. Compassion makes you want to give, be, and do. In some cases that’s exactly what God wants. Then there are the other situations. Sometimes they are the circumstances that really pull on your heart. I’m faced with this more and more in my life. The hard thing is, I’m finding God requiring me to intercede not interfere.

This has not been very easy. I’ve had to say “No” when I’d normally say the opposite. Though I’ve prayed I’ve even felt guilty at times. But, in those instances when I went to work on my knees instead of with my hands, God has let me see the situation turn around. When you are compassionate, people will often come to you before they go to God. Other times they come because what they’ve heard from God doesn’t quite suit their desire.

So, for those reading this who know just what I’m talking about…I’m praying for us. I declare that God will increase our wisdom as He increases our compassion. I declare that He will continue to remind us that the spiritual need is always greater than the physical and when our compassion is moved we will minister to both.

For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6 KJV)

Be encouraged,

T.

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Vanity & Vexation

Solomon was a man who asked God for wisdom. He wanted to understand the mysteries of life, just like many of us do. Years ago, I remember praying and asking God to give me wisdom. I had no idea what I was asking. It’s not been easy, but I’ve learned that true understanding comes through experience.

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity…. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. (Ecclesiastes 1:2, 14 KJV)

I have a friend who joins me in laughing at those two verses. It seems we laugh at those scriptures even more when we’ve really been dealing with serious things. We know that life isn’t always easy but we’ve learned to grab the chance to lighten things up.

Though this life may be puzzling, frustrating, and sometimes overwhelming I know just what wise King Solomon meant later in Ecclesiastes:

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV)

Keep striving, keep pressing and keep His commandments.

Be encouraged,

T.

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