Compassion is a choice.
Do I choose to understand, accept and forgive another?
Can I see their perspective? Their attempt to survive in this cruel world…whatever choices they’ve made…are a direct result of striving to remain alive. As the basic need for survival works out in our lives, we do what we do to live. Sometimes the choices we make are good and sometimes they are bad. But in reality, most of us are trying to do the best with what we know. Some seem to know better than others, but we all make choices based upon the knowledge we have. When I see we are all trying to survive, I can choose to understand, without judgment, when others make choices I don’t get.
To accept another, not necessarily their actions, but them…as people…created by God. We are all born with the exact same amount of “worth.” God created us; therefore, we are worthy of existence. He can choose to take that away at any moment. But the fact that I live gives me worth. Nothing more…nothing less. And that gives you worth as well. If we could only see one another as He sees us…closer to angels than animals…we would learn to accept each other.
Forgiving. Giving for another. Giving what for another? Grace. To understand all people have as much worth as me: no less, no more. It doesn’t matter what they’ve done: what they look like, what they think about, where they live, with whom they associate…. I won’t judge them based upon any other criteria than they are human…as I am. They have tried to do the best they knew to do in the situation. They may have failed miserably; but then, so have I. I can forgive…and choose to move forward.
When I hold myself higher…or lower…I am not seeing clearly.
I might not like what another has chosen to do with his/er life, but it’s not my judgment to make.
Grace is the great equalizer. We all need it.
Will I give it? Will you?
Help me see, with Your eyes, the preciousness of others.
Help me listen, with Your ears, to their stories, their perspective.
Help me give, through Your strength, the compassion we all desperately crave.