STORY TIME: Hello Comapassion
Human: Of or characteristic of people’s better qualities, such as kindness or sensitivity
Per definition, we are to rise above. We have the capacity to be a better people! We can make a conscious and sound choice to simply…love! That is absolutely beautiful tooooo meeeeee. (yes, I am a ball of sunshine and daisies and hearts!) No, but for REAL! We can LEAD our hearts to care. We can be kind and fair. We can be joyful and full of life and we can truly be altruistic!
I’ve come to learn that this compassion, love, and “better qualities” can be like a yawn! Contagious! You, know…like when one person yawns, it starts a whole chain of yawns with whoever is around! (No, like literally I typed “yawn’ annnnnd I yawned! 😳 (ok ,I am freaked out!)
That’s how <3 LOVE <3 IS…at least it should be!
Last summer I was at the mall…on a weekday! Yes, I know! I love working a split. I get 4-6 hours to chill, unwind, be alone, and sleep! Midday naps!
Anyways…back to this story! #PeterRabbitHole moment…
At the mall…last summer…midday, I was just enjoying my little time off! I was riding looking for a parking spot…to my surprise! (Did these people not have jobs to be at? Guess they have splits too! *side eyes*) As I was riding, there was a man in a wheelchair. I noticed he was saying “Hi” or “Have a nice day!” to everyone that passed him; even to those in cars that pulled up in his vicinity dropping people off at the door. He would blurt out this GIGANTIC “HI” and wave, the best he could, and paired it with a gigantic smile to match! My heart was chocolate sitting in a HOT car during the summer time! MELTED! (I can be extremely sentimental) I couldn’t wait to get mine!
….But I sat in my car a little bit and watched…(yes, I am a creep!)
I watched as so many people ignored him. Literally! They walked right by and that melted heart soon began to hurt. How could you ignore? Was walking into a mall to purchase something you probably didn’t need more important than a response? Even a quick wave back? Are we as a people really that oblivious and self consumed, selfishly worrying about only what we are part of or connected to?
I thought to myself “How many of y’all claim to luh Jesus?”
1 John 4:20 If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?
Ok, so hate is a strong word here…but is it really? We are the hands, feet, voice, and should carry the presence of Jesus wherever we go. We are so self absorbed that we ignore those around us hurting and reaching out for what God has invested in us.
“Ephesians 4:2 “Be COMPLETELY humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
God has been patient with us and bearing with us in love since the Garden of Eden. #Throwback His gentle hand of mercy carried us and held back a judgment with our name on it, but He erased our name from the judgment, only to write it on a blessing! #TYJ!!
One definition of “bearing” is to support or hold up. Take a moment today to do that! Who will you cover or lift to the Father? It is the second, yet equally important commandment after loving our Father!
The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.” Matt 22:39
It goes on to say that everything that we are called to do is based on these TWO commandments!
Perhaps we can’t love properly because we fail to love ourselves. Do we show ourselves compassion or forgive ourselves when we don’t measure up to the standards of others or even ourselves? We are our own worst critics. I posted a little bit ago on my personal facebook that we often write ourselves off before anybody else. It’s true! We fail to love and be compassionate towards ourselves so it becomes impossible to give to others! That itself can be a whole ‘notha writing! Self care and self love!
Another definition of “bear” is to give birth! And when a man and a woman love each other…😜 (trust me a lot of my friends are DEEP in love with 12 kids! Each! Lol Shout out to my homies! ) We can birth love in this earth because once we encounter God He softens the soil of our hearts and plants that seed within us! Then we are able to produce it! Agape Love! This love is pure, and untainted! It is wide, open, runs deep and available to all!
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. John 13:34
Bearing each other in love proves that we understand the Great Commission!
After sitting for a while, I finally got out and I had a small conversation. He told a few jokes. I legit laughed until tears. I went in and ran out the mall and he was still there so I said good bye. I passed him and he yelled out “YOU MADE MY DAY!” And told me to have a blessed day. I responded with matched excitement “NO! You’ve made MINE!” He actually did! He taught me to intentionally be compassionate. To stop and not just smell my roses, but to help tend another’s garden as well and smell their roses!
I called my fiancé, at the time, in tears with my heart so full of love! I am sure we each made a deposit in the others love tank!
Take time to love the unlovable. Don’t expect anything back. JUST LOVE! Love heals. Love restores. Love transforms. Love restores. Love mends broken relationships. Love forgives. Love does it all because GOD IS LOVE!
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:8