What the World Needs Now is Compassion

gardensWhat the World Needs Now is Compassion

The story goes:

When the supermarket clerk tallied up my groceries, I was $12 over what I had on me. I began to remove items from the bags, when another shopper handed me a $20 bill. “Please don’t put yourself out,” I told him. “Let me tell you a story,” he said. “My mother is in the hospital with cancer. I visit her every day and bring her flowers. I went this morning, and she got mad at me for spending my money on more flowers. She demanded that I do something else with that money. So, here, please accept this. It is my mother’s flowers.” 

How often do we miss out on the opportunity to show compassion to one another?  The smallest acts can mean so much to people.  Often more that we even realize.

The other day a lady gave me her cart at Aldi and wouldn’t take the quarter from me.  Now how silly is that to mention and in some ways insignificant. I mean it was only a quarter.  But it made me realize how there really are nice people in the world.  It brought a smile to my face and made my day sunnier.  I passed on the cart when I was done shopping.  I hope it made someone’s day as well.

Compassion is missing in so many areas of our society.  More and more racism is rearing its ugly head.  More and more people (the church) use scripture for their own purpose and only when it’s convenient to them.

 Once a man was walking by a park and he heard a voice from nearby bushes.  When he looked there, he saw that a cat was stuck there that needed help.

The man tried to reach down to the cat to get it out but the cat got scared and started scratching that man’s hand.

The man screamed in pain but didn’t back out and tried again and again and every time he tried the cat would scratch his hands.

Another man saw that and said, “Leave it, the cat will eventually find a way to come out later”.

 The man didn’t pay any attention and continued to try helping that cat to get out.  At last he was able to get the cat out.

Once he released the cat, he faced toward the other man and said, “The cat is an animal and its instinct is to scratch and attack but I am human and my instinct  make me compassionate and kind”.

The Moral of the Story: Treat everyone around you like you want to be treated. Adhere to your own rules and ethics, not theirs.

Scripture tells us; “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40

There is a movie entitled, “That’s What I Am”. It is a story set in a junior high school.  In one scene a girl was bullied and during the bullying was injured.  One of the favorite teachers came into the classroom and was visibly upset.

He discussed the incident and preceded to write four words on the board which he said would make the world a better place.  He wrote: “Human compassion + dignity = peace”.

Have a blessed day.

Pastor Bill