Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thoughts of compassion

Sometimes it stinks being on the outside looking in.  Sometimes, though, being on the outside enables you to see the poignant beauty, the innate value in something. 

Just ask an excluded introvert about the value of friends... or a young wife that can't conceive... or a child whose parents ignore them. 

Those "impossible" things become the one thing of utmost value to that person. 

And when I start to put myself in those people's shoes, I feel compassion.  I love Matthew 9:36. 

 "Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd."

He looked and he saw the people.  When you look, do you see?  

Do you understand what that person lacks and yet values?  
Do you offer the words of encouragement and Truth?  
Are they just another person to make small talk with while you wait for your children?Are they just another body to glaze past in the aisle?

I don't want to be the person who is too busy to care - to care about others.  Jesus looked.  He saw and He cared.