Dare: Move from Words to Action #1000Speak
My mind has continued spinning since Thursday about this word compassion.
I read many posts about compassion. Awesome posts. Stories that made me tear up. Words that gave me hope in humanity. Threads of life that connect each of us to someone we’ve never even met yet are parts of the same piece of fabric.
In many of the blogs, tweets, status updates, and comments I read, I kept hearing a silent plea screaming for an answer, “Where do we go from here? What happens tomorrow after #1000Speak? Will we retreat to the safety of our privacy fences and pretend not to notice those seeking compassion in our very midst?”
I’ve heard the “what’s next” question, and I’m not sure I can ignore it.
Imagine my surprise when the sermon this morning in our #whatthetech series at church was focusing on compassion. Yes, compassion. And one of the focal verses was the one I went back and forth between using for my #1000Speak post Thursday.
I had intended to write my post on compassion Thursday for Compassion International. However, when I went to grab some links and research, I discovered I can actually be a Compassion Blogger. The timing was completely wrong for me to start that, though. I was already in the midst of moving my blog to a self-hosted site.
So, I decided to write about something else and write that post another day.
Back to church this morning. At the end of the sermon we closed with a video on compassion. Any guesses what the focus of that video was?
Yep. You got it. Compassion International.
I might be hard-headed, but I’d have to be intentionally rebellious not to get the message God is speaking to my heart this week.
Compassion isn’t something we can simply speak, or write, about to draw attention to it. Compassion requires action.
And the word of the Lord came again to Zechariah: “This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’
“But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and covered their ears. They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the Lord Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the Lord Almighty was very angry.” Zechariah 7:8-12
At this point in time, the people had just asked God if they should fast like they had in the past. God asked them if they had ever REALLY fasted for Him, REALLY. He goes on to remind them that He didn’t ask them to fast; He asked them to love one another, take care of orphans and widows, and not to do bad to each other on purpose. Instead, they pretended not to hear Him and ignored the needs of those in their midst. They would rather mourn and fast than simply do what God had asked them to do.
And I have to ask myself, did I write about compassion as it affects those around me or as I wish it effected me? Did I help to flood the internet not with a reminder to treat each other with compassion, but a reminder of how much I focus on myself and wish others had treated me with compassion?
I read a lot of blog posts filled with personal experience examples. Great examples of both negative and positive examples how we have seen or have not seem compassion displayed.
Perhaps our next step, our “what’s next”, is to demonstrate compassion. To stop mourning and fasting and to BE compassion.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to stuff my fingers in my ears, turn around in direct defiance, and end up with a hardened heart.
So I’m stepping. I joined the Compassion International Bloggers today. If you would be interested in sponsoring a child, see the widget for Compassion on the right. Wondering how that helps demonstrate compassion? Check out this video:
What is YOUR next step? How are you going to BE compassion today? This week?
Don’t wait to make a plan. Pick one thing today. One NEXT thing. One small thing you can do immediately.
Leave me a comment telling me what you’re going to do next! I DARE you!!
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