November 10th: Today I give thanks to the Lord for compassion. It’s easy to get upset in today’s world. There are so many things around us that can trigger our emotions from a happy medium to anger in a matter of seconds. Your boss talks down to you like you know nothing. The lady driving the SUV takes your parking spot. Your teenager just failed a test in school. You see a mom with a daughter who looks like she needs a bath and new shoes. It’s easy just to pass these events with hostilities than with compassion.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. – Colossians 3:12-13
Next time you feel anger building up inside because of someone else’s doing, put yourself in his or her shoes. That boss of yours may have a boss above him who is threatening his job. That lady driving the SUV who just took your parking spot has three young children in the backseat that are fighting and screaming – she didn’t even notice you. The teenager who failed the test, may need glasses or just some time with mom or dad to talk and figure out a plan together on how to accomplish better grades. The woman with a young daughter in need of decent clothing and a bath is dealing with an extremely stubborn and strong-willed daughter who refuses to bath every night and is in love with her dirty shoes – maybe the mom picks and chooses her battles in order to keep her sanity in-tack.
Tonight I pray to the Lord to help me have more compassion and love towards others and to look at the world with no discrimination.