Thursday, February 14, 2013

Compassion leads us to see...

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
By: Teresa Criswell

"The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all His creation."
~ Psalm 145:9 ~

It's morning rush hour traffic. Her mind is racing; consisting of a checklist of the deadlines that must be met.

A few cars ahead, a young marketer sits in his car as he rehearses in his mind the presentation he will be presenting in just a few hours while he drives to the airport. He feels the pressure of needing to "land this account." He hopes he will be effective. His hands sweat as he begins to feel the anxiety take over, meanwhile his stomach turns in nervousness.

In the meantime there is a car next to him with a man that is wondering helplessly, "How am I going to pay the bills this month?" He feels utter hopelessness. He is still in shock as he remembers just a month ago he was working. He worked at the company for years and then just like that, he was released from his job. His eyes glazed over as he imagines the faces of his wife and children as they depend on him to make it through today. The burden is too heavy. He has to be strong. He can't even think about not making it.

A few miles down, driving down the exit ramp is a woman who just lost her husband. It was sudden. She didn't even get to say, "Goodbye". Anger, utter hopelessness, sadness, despair, pain and deep sorrow annihilate her whole being. Her whole life seems to be over. She thinks to herself with guilt, "I thought we had plenty of time." With everything that is in her, she weeps. She can't feel her own hands on the steering wheel; numb with pain and sorrow.

At the light ahead is a young man who has a ring box with an engagement ring in his shirt pocket and he is planning the way he will propose to his beloved fiance. He is so in love with her. He cannot imagine life without her.

So many different scenarios, with precious souls involved. How do we become more aware of those around us? Many times it is about us reaching out on purpose.

Perhaps, while frequenting the grocery store, there is a particular person who is a cashier that seems to have a permanent scowl on her face. Instead of  a normal reaction, such as getting offended or upset,  perhaps we could give an encouraging word, a compliment and/or maybe ask, "May I give you a hug?"  Even if they say, "No", at least that act of kindness will be forever etched into their memory as hopefully one day they will realize they are worthy.

No matter the endless scenarios of how life treats us; we must remember that the world will most likely not come into a building that we call 'church'.  However we can as the church reach out to our world.

It may seem small and insignificant to us; but it could be the most important thing we may ever do in that person's life.

May we be led by God's compassion. As we are to be vessels of honor, set apart and useful for the Master prepared for every good work (II Timothy 2:20-21).

A great reminder via YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzmWqZS1QSU

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