Thankful Thursdays – compassion and empathy
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One of the most beneficial activities that I have adopted and that has changed my life is to be thankful. Gratitude is such a powerful element to enrich a persons life. I find that when I look for things to be grateful for, that I find them. It has also been true that when I look only for the negative, that it what I will also find. It has been important for me to be mindful of my gratitude. I have found that even when I am in the midst of life’s storms, there is always something that I can be thankful for.
What am I thankful for today?
As I reflect upon the past week I have come to realize how grateful I am for the gift of compassion and empathy. In my opinion it is a gift, as some people have been so hurt in their lives that they have shut their hearts off of caring about others and how they feel. Sadly, at one time this was me. It has been through a lot of work that I have been able to work through some of my own hurts. These hurts from the past and even the recent have actually helped me to develop greater compassion and empathy for others. Compassion and empathy that only came once I let go of clinging on to the hurts.
It is not always easy to let go of my hurts so that I can help others get through theirs. In honesty, there have been plenty of times in my life where I have held tightly on to the hurts and no matter how hard I tried to pick up some healing, the hurts would just get in the way. In time I was able to see that holding on to them just caused me even more pain. That pain kept me further away from others and it made me quite cynical and angry. As I have let go of some of that pain, I have been able to see things in such a different light. This does not mean that I don’t have periods of time where I get stuck in my pain. It does mean that I no longer get stuck for so long.
Through my journey I have been able to see that some of the hardest roads have led to the most beautiful of places. Being thankful helps me to not stay stuck. It helps me to press forward into my life. Having compassion and empathy allows me to see that I am not alone and that only when I support other people can I really move forward into my purpose and my destiny.
What is Gods word saying to me today?
1 Thessalonians 5:18 amp
“In every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”
Luke 6:36 amp
“Be Merciful (responsive, compassionate, tender) just as your [heavenly] Father is merciful.”
What are you thankful for today? Drop me a comment. I would love to hear from you.
Be blessed. 💞💞💞