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.

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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.

Can you?

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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26 comments

  • Great post. I do sponsor four children and one missionary. I have asked myself if I need to do more. I think I am at my limit but I know there are more ways to show compassion than with $$$. I pledge to be aware of and listen to God’s tug on my heart. Thank you for the post.

    • Donna,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and ESPECIALLY for taking the time to leave a comment.

      Your dedication to sponsoring children and missionaries is inspirational! What a blessing to be able to do that!!!

      There are so many ways God calls us to show compassion on a daily basis if we are simply obedient to His call.

      I will be praying that you will clearly be able to identify the territory He has prepared for you today. Please make sure to let us know how He uses you!

      Blessings,

      Carrie

  • I’m going to show compassion to my new neighbors who are moving in at the moment. At the moment, they are loud, they pound up and downstairs and bang doors, disturbing the peace. They need time to settle in, and the space to make themselves comfortable.

    • Francene,

      I’m so glad you were able to find me in my new home!

      I can’t imagine living that close to other people. Only one time have we even had close neighbors, and we found being able to see people (and them watching our every move) to be uncomfortable and intrusive. I’m certain that the noise would try every ounce of my compassion and patience.

      Praying God will give you a heart for your neighbors, and peace that passes all understanding.

      Hope you drop in again soon! Especially since you’re one of a few who knows how to find me!

      Carrie

  • Your passion about compassion is truly inspirational. Thank you for sharing on a topic that is rarely discussed in depth from a pure place of genuine action for change. God bless you and your endeavors.

    To your life of joy and unlimited abundance,

    Toy

    • Toy,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and leaving such an encouraging note back! I truly appreciate it!

      Are you doing something to BE compassion today? We’d love to hear about it!

      Blessings,

      Carrie

  • Wow! That is one dare! And a challenge too. I have been asking myself ‘what next’ and maybe I know what to do, maybe I don’t, maybe I’m scared of being directly in contact with someone else pain. That’s a heavy choice to make but one that has to be made to be able to take the next step from hoping and believing to ACTION. God bless you for the prompt.

    • Joy,

      When you said, “…maybe I’m scared of being directly in contact with someone else’s pain.” I was certain I heard not only your voice, but the voice of many wanting to help without getting hurt in the process.

      The truth is, if I’m going to plant a garden this spring to harvest in fall, I’m going to get a lot of dirt on me and under my nails. If I don’t plant and get dirty, I won’t have any fruit to harvest. Regardless which choice I make, I will harvest what I sow.

      What an honest line you penned there. Please come back to chat again.

  • I’m with Francene… i’m showing compassion to my upstairs neighbors as they move in and get settled.
    Thank you for tossing your hat into the ring at the Party Under The Big Top! I hope to see you again next week!
    #BigTopBlogParty

    • Mary,

      I am hoping to get something written this week so I can play in several link-ups I typically do! So far I’m not getting it done. :-/

      I don’t envy those of you with close neighbors. I suppose that doesn’t say much for my compassion.

  • What an amazing decision to write for a compassion blog! YAY YOU! I have always been actively compassionate in my life as that is just how I was raised. I also took part in the #1000Speak campaign but also wondered what next???? You have given me a lot to think about with this post… Thank you for that!

    We’re so glad you were able to make it over to the #BigTopBlogParty this week! Hope to see you again at the next Party Under the Big Top too!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

    Much love,
    Lysa xx
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    • Lysa,

      If you decide on a ‘what next’, I’d love to hear what you do! I am hoping to get something pulled together for the many link-ups I participate in on a weekly basis, but I’m running super behind this week.

      Thank you for dropping in!

  • I am Catholic and Pope Francis has reminded us during Lent to not necessarily fast from alcohol,chocolate etc but to fast from lack of love and compassion to others. Seems a similar theme to me as what you are saying.
    Today in a busy cafe someone did me a favour. Ten minutes later I had the opportunity to pay it forward. If we all concentrated on one act of compassion and pay it forward a day, the world would be a much better place xxx

    • Suzi,

      What an awesome fast! It does sound very similar. I love it when God speaks the same thing to His people at the same time!

      I am a big believer in paying it forward. Good for you for doing the next right thing! We could change the world one RAK at a time if everyone would play along.

      Please drop in to visit again!

  • I haven’t heard of Compassion International before. What a great next step to take! This post is so totally in line with my vision for the 1000 Voices Speak movement – be compassion – yes, yes, exactly. I totally agree it requires action. Be the change we want to see. It’s not always easy, but in the long run it is more satisfying.

    • Yvonne,

      Compassion International is an amazing organization! I hope you were able to look them up and check them out. It’s an amazing testimony of how one person can make a difference!

      It has been my experience that everyone is willing to sit around and talk about how to make “things” better, but few seem willing to step out first to make anything better. I refuse to sit around and wait for someone else to go first. I just find myself praying that others will go with me or at bare minimum follow in my footsteps.

  • Thank you for encouraging us to turn our eyes outwards to being compassion instead of expecting it back all the time. I love to make meals for people and try to every week, but I haven’t had anyone to cook for lately so I am going to find someone. Thank you for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

    • Terri,

      YAY! YAY! YAY! “…so I am going to find someone.” I bet you don’t have to look very far or hard! And if you ask God to put someone in your path, I bet you don’t have to look at all, but that they’ll show up right in front of you and all but ask.

      There is always someone to feed. I’m so excited FOR you!!!!! You go, girl!

      Please drop in and tell me how it works out1

  • I am a big believer in signs and you clearly received yours regarding compassion. You are going to do great things in the future.

  • You are a passionate woman which brings out compassion , good on you for inspiring us. Thank you so much for sharing on #wednesdayswisdom and great to see my button! Have an awesome week.

  • Reminded lots about compassion lately. Another great post doing just that. Thank you for linking up at Thursday Favorite Things and hope to see you again!

    • Jas,

      The #1000Speak campaign really helped fill the blogosphere with compassion, didn’t it? Thank you so much for your kind words. I love linking up and getting to read other’s posts while sharing mine! I will definitely drop by again!!!!

  • Beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party. Look for the new party up tonight.
    Have a great week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above