BIBLICAL POINT OF REFERENCE:
"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do."
Here's a special Saturday article for you ladies! I've been thinking a lot about having compassion for other people lately, and I don't think I'm alone when I say that it is super hard to be compassionate to others. We are all selfish at times, and we want what we want when we want it. There are times we even go off the deep edge because of it--but how do we climb back up from it? How do we learn to have compassion for others instead of thinking about ourselves? Like the Bible says, we are God's chosen ones, and we are called to be kind, humble, gentle, patient, and compassionate. I don't think there is an easy way to step out of our earthly nature and think about other people for a change, but I do think that the process gets easier when we realize what we lack without God. So if you lack patience today, ask God to be patient through Him. If you lack happiness today, ask God to be happy through Him. And if you lack compassion today, ask God to be compassionate through Him. It is how we act today that matters, because the past is in the past. I'd like to leave you with one of my favorite quotes: "An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it's going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming." While the author of this quote is unknown, I so admire its clarity. Life does drag us back sometimes, but God will always be there to keep us on the straight and narrow path. So in the meantime, be patient, be humble, be gentle, be happy, and be compassionate through Christ my sisters. Your Laughing Sister, Callahan