One of the virtues that originates from Christ is that trait of compassion. Jesus has shown the greatest example of being compassionate to others. Christ saw the sins, issues and faults of people yet extends all that He is in splendor.
The gift of compassion is meant for all of us to put into action towards others. This means that it needs to be displayed no matter how the other person or people act or what they say. Yes, even to those that you have experienced hurt, disappointment and mistreatment from. That flow of goodness should spread not just to those we like and feel the most comfortable around. Below are some highlighted points to consider on compassion.
1) Compassion focuses outwardly and is not self centered.
What do you see around you or that comes across you that you may not necessarily benefit from that you can make a difference in? How about that sincerity of heart towards others in tenderness?
2) There’s a difference between weakness and knowing what’s worth putting our attention to and in. Sometimes having a nice and soft – hearted nature can appear to be weakness or others will try to use it as weakness to get an upper hand with us. And other times it’s not that the person is weak, they just don’t waste time on stuff that is petty or something that won’t bring anything meaningful from it.
3) Compassion will uplift those that are down and lost. A natural human reaction to something that a person doesn’t like or understand is to act out to the person in a negative response. However, the most effective tool to deal with the matter or express a concern is in a compassionate attitude. Somehow it moves people to do better and get better. And where we don’t understand, understanding has a better chance to come into place.
4) The chain connection of compassion brings joy and truth that cannot be broken with commitment. When we make a commitment to operate with a compassionate lifestyle no matter what the circumstances are we encourage it to grow to another level.
5) Compassion promotes love and will demote hatred. A promoter of love operates in compassion.
What are some lessons have you learned through compassion?
Whew! These last few weeks and months have had sudden changes with me and things I’m involved with. Many of these changes has challenged me and reminded me once again that I’m not in control and never was meant to be in control of how my life should go and how things concerning me should go.
All these changes that recently took place were beyond my control, which sometimes tempted me to become hasty and impatient. Some things that happened was from a change that was forced on me with no previous notice at my first Resilient book event to an allergic reaction form prescribed medication from the doctor that developed a rash on my body and my throat tightening. Below are some points to consider on adjusting to change.
1) Outward unpleasant changes are meant to bring a pleasant change on the inside of us. As an author I know that if I have done my part and followed up in advance with the other experienced adult person who was supposed to do their part or at least contact me in advance if they couldn’t – then I need to not internalize the situation and just use it to cause me to respond in a calm, peaceful and merciful way. And to remember there are times I’ve messed up and yet God doesn’t push me away and say it’s over with you.
2) God knows that it will happen and has something already worked out for good. What was changed beyond my control at the first Resilient book event has worked out for something better for a future event. God knew all along! I love how He’s just got me and everything concerning me like He does. 🙂
3) Nothing will always go perfect, there’s a least something that could happen. It’s an opportunity to bring improvements into the picture next time around. The only way for something to go better next time is through things not going the way it could have.
4) Change can later on channel us to something that we can cherish. Most times later on we can see how the changes were really good for us and led to greater things.
What ways do you adjust to change? How has change helped you along the way?
Sometimes it was hard for me to accept my introversion as apart of my life. We often look around and see what is happening around us and wonder where are we in the midst of it all. After all most introverted people are observers. As we go about each day we often notice things that others may notice, but may not pay as much attention to. Below are some highlighted lessons to consider about introversion.
1) Introverted people enjoy the company of others, but need time to refill and replenish. There’s no truth to the perception that all introverts want to always be alone and never around others to socialize and communicate.
2) Reserved individuals want to connect, but on a deeper level. Some introverts may feel like loners and outsiders because they are not connecting with others on a deeper and meaningful level. Even when we as the introverted don’t always have this in our lives, we must be appreciative of the deeper level connection when it does happen and take full advantage of it.
3) Introverts are not always quiet when they are around those they are familiar with and feel most comfortable and free around. You may just be surprised to learn what’s really in an introvert .
4) What appears to be reticent may just need one on one connection. Smaller groups and one on one connection is often enjoyed in introversion.
5) Introversion is not a bad or negative personality, it actually has its goodness and splendor of its own. Differences are unique which make them something worth to explore or consider.
What lessons have you learned through and/or about introversion?
Prayer is a spiritual discipline that all believers and Christ followers must exercise and operate in. There are many kinds of prayers including warfare, declaration, intercession, confession, and thanksgiving. There are various lessons and instructions in the bible teaching us how to pray.
We must keep our connection with God and one of the most effective ways of doing so is through talking with Him and sitting to listen to what He is saying to us. Interceding on behalf of others is something that needs to be a priority in our lives and it must become a godly habit to look out for the next person. Below are some highlighted lessons from prayer to consider.
1) Passionate prayers from the righteous are of great advantage(James 5:16). Do you take pleasure in talking to the Lord? Are you enthusiastic about coming before the Lord in prayer? It’s not about what we show outwardly, but more with what’s truly taking place inwardly.
2) To obtain the mercy and grace we need, we must come boldly before God(Hebrews 4:16). Boldness displays our courage and confidence in God. When we come boldly before God we step up in the midst of whatever is going on and believe in God to do what He promised He will do.
3) We must make every effort to get our heart right with God. There are hindrances that become road blocks in our prayer life and become barriers from us seeing the manifestation of what God desires to manifest amongst His creation. Any sin, holding on to offense, disobedience and nursing of wounds(instead of allowing God’s healing to flow) can cause delays and interruptions along the way.
4) Praying God’s will which is in His word will accomplish much(Isaiah 55: 11). Nothing beats praying the will of God. During our prayer time we must get rid of or throw out any unscriptural opinions or ungodly requests.
5) Be specific in your requests, expressions and petitions. It’s ok to tell God exactly what’s on your heart and mind. Yes, He already knows, but He wants us to give Him our all and that includes our cares and concerns.
How has the power of prayer impacted your life? What are some lessons that you have learned through praying?
I’m no expert and neither am I a perfect example in health, but our health covers many areas and parts of our lives. Physical, spiritual, emotional and relational aspects all need our attention, effort and care. When we make an effort to practice healthier habits and choices for our minds, bodies and spirit we begin and continue on the journey of wholeness. Below are some highlighted points to consider about health.
1) Our health is not about being perfect in everything we do, but making better choices when we learn to and know better to. As human beings we will mess up in one area or another concerning all aspects of health, but it’s not too late or too bad to make a better choice the next time around.
2) Discipline is developed over time and with persistence. This doesn’t necessarily mean if you are having difficulty or lack of discipline that you should give up or that you’re not able to do it. You may just need to balance it out and find different ways to have good health in various areas.
3) Having a lifestyle that works on being healthier is for everyone. Waiting to something goes wrong or to a later time will keep us always pushing it back and can lead to negative consequences later on.
4) Little makes much difference! When we take at least small efforts that may grow later on, we keep on moving in our journey to living an effective life that operates in wellness, calling and purpose.
5) There will always be room for improvement concerning health. As we grow, learn, make mistakes and even sometimes do the wrong thing ,that shows us that we have space for improving.
Sometimes my passion is at a high, other times its at a low and sometimes it seems to disappear. Passion with all it’s brightness and love works along with zeal to assist with the outcome of something. What is your passion? Where is your passion?
Often times our passion needs to be rekindled by the power of God. When our passion seems to be at a low or not even there we can feel like we are depleted, ineffective and messed up. We may have some questions like, how did I get here? What did I do wrong? Will this ever change? Below are some highlights to consider in rekindling passion.
Reach Up: Worship that is persistent will do powerful things. It will lift one from the dumps, to desperation and then to deliverance. When we feel like our passion is no longer there we have to move beyond what we are going through and reach up to God.
Reach In: What is that desire or longing that we have? Look inwardly and see why we have it? Is it something good or godly? Where can these longings be filled? The truth is when we are deeply longing for something, that is our time to pursue God more, spend more time with Him and seek for more of Him.
Reach Out: It is important that when our passion is at a low or seems to be gone, we must reach out to others. We must become more aware and see who we can touch, help, inspire, talk with and fellowship with.
How is your passion for life and purpose doing? What are some ways do you seek to rekindle passion?