Welled up with Compassion

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My best friend is currently fostering two kitties. The shelter won’t take them unless they are two pounds, so she gathered them in her arms and took them home.

I wish my heart was more like hers.

Instead of welling up in tears over the life of the poor kitten, I think about how I’d have to clean up after it and feed it. I excuse my indifference by telling myself I  am too busy to cradle a homeless cat.

I don’t have to save the kittens of this world because Barby does.

The problem is that my complete apathy carries over into almost every corner of my heart.

I don’t have to rescue the girl on the street. Christine Caine does that.

I can go get my nails done while Lori Harris feeds that kid who looks different from me.

I tell myself that God is okay because I toss a dime to Compassion International every month and scrawl a quick note to the girl whose picture hangs on my refrigerator.

My heart does not well up with compassion for the hurting. I’d rather just channel surf.

Yesterday, Kristan reminded me of a passage that God has slowly been imprinting on my dry and dusty heart:

Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived.

This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air.

Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this:

Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight,

and guard against corruption from the godless world.

James 1:26-27, MSG

I can’t imagine Christ putting on His sunglasses at the red light when the homeless guy is on the corner.

Jesus wept with the hurting and walked into the pain of others.

His heart welled up with compassion.

Because my well runneth dry, I asked God to show me the way to a welled-up heart. Here’s a top 10 list that will help you “fight the ugly”  as you apply it to your heart.

10 Qualities of a Heart Welled Up with Compassion

  • Steps toward the broken and battered with grace (Luke 15:20)
  • Forgives readily recognizing our failures require forbearance (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:2)
  • Grieves with the hurting in harmonious humility (I Peter 3:8)
  • Responds to pain and moves in to alleviate suffering (Luke 10:33-34)
  • Protects the helpless and lost (Matthew 9:36)
  • Loves sacrificially with eyes that view another’s need as your responsibility (I John 3:17)
  • Honors others with the kind heart of a servant (Philippians 2:1-3)
  • Extends mercy to those who doubt (Jude 1:22)
  • Applies a healing balm to the weary and wounded (Matthew 20:34)
  • Rescues the perishing (Proverbs 24:11-12)

A heart welled up with compassion overflows to the world and showers the least of these with His kindness and mercy.  

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Heaven Fall Down

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Rain always surprises me. I often drive to work in the morning under bright blue skies with not a hint of what is to come.

Right now, I am looking out my window, and the trees are perceptibly moving in the wind in a peculiar way that foretells a coming downpour. I’ve learned to pack my umbrella just in case.

In just a few minutes, I will pick up my phone and text my husband to let him know that cats and dogs and kitchen sinks are falling down from the sky. Heaven will open up its doors and transform the landscape.

Heaven fall down.

When a farmer plants a seed into the ground, he believes that the rain will come. The fruit of his labor will take many days to spring up, but he continues to break up the fallow ground and prepare for the harvest ahead.

Prayer is a lot like that. Every cry lifted up to heaven is like a seed planted in the ground. I bury my burdens on my knees, and then I look up to God in expectation.

Heaven fall down.

The rain of God’s mercy will wash over me soon. In the meantime, I am patiently waiting. I am hopeful. I am preparing.

The wind of God’s Spirit will perceptibly begin to move and provide hints of the refreshing shower yet to come.

His rain will transform the landscape of my life.

Beautiful fruit is on its way.

Perhaps the ground before you looks barren and lifeless right now.

Keep looking up. Your downpour is coming.

He will come like rain and refresh your life.


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Fight the Ugly

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Some days, I just need a swift kick in the pants. The spoiled brat in me is ugly.

I throw around phrases like  “Why me?” and “I deserve better.”

Yep.  It’s ugly.

My ugly entitled heart is displeasing to the Lord.

I hate the pride that rises up within me. I surrender it over and over again at the foot of the cross. Yet, I find that I am still a manipulative narcissist in the depths of my soul.

I think I am brilliant. I tend to put my needs first. I secretly envy the successes of others. I find great enjoyment in flattery and praise.

At my worst, I grow resentful and impatient when I don’t get my way. Rather than concern, I lean toward criticism.

Lord, help me to fight the ugly is my daily prayer.

How to Fight the Ugly:

  • Choose an attitude of gratitude: Be a blessing counter, not a complainer. Remember some days we have to offer up a hard hallelujah as a fragrant offering.
  • Look forward with hope: Rather than focus on our circumstances, let’s keep eternity in view. Our hope in Christ is rooted in the past, endures in the present, and is fixed forward on our eternal glory in the future.
  • Pray for perseverance: Ask God to help you stay planted in faith. Stand strong in grace and dig in with determination.
  • Breathe in the peace of God: Choose rest and allow God to renew your spirit.

I will be grateful for this day.  Ugly won’t get the best of me.  

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Just Breathe

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Last week, my man texted me a picture from the hospital which he titled “Gas Chamber.” We had known for eight weeks that this day was coming. The pulmonologist wanted him to undergo a breathing test.

I am happy to report that our breathing is just fine. Thank you.

The tech who oversaw the “gas chamber” exam had worked with Bruce during his hospitalization, and apparently, he was quite shocked at his recovery. I guess most of the patients he sees don’t actually pass the breathing test.

It’s hard to bounce back from the brink when your breathing has been compromised.

I still wonder at the healing hand of God in our lives. His mercy overwhelms me. May I never forget that He wrought a miracle in my man’s now fully-healthy lungs.

You don’t appreciate the gift of breathing until you’ve struggled to gulp in air without assistance.

Anyway, in the middle of my man’s breathing test, I was furiously working on a writing project that basically landed on my lap out of nowhere. I spent 10 days running full speed ahead at a breakneck pace to meet a crazy deadline. I barely had time to take a breath.

Driven and desperate, I determined to finish on time — even if it killed me. I wrote into the wee hours of the morning and relied on Advil and soda to help me through the day.

As soon as I’d e-mailed the final product off for review, I crumbled on the couch in exhaustion. “Laptop, be gone,” I exclaimed.  I needed to breathe.

But still I struggled to disconnect. I mean, I’d spent long hours attached to that screen. The keyboard started to define me.

Have you ever forgotten how to “just breathe” and be? We run ragged on an adrenaline-infused rhythm for so long that taking a break seems boring, barren, and baseless.

The enemy loves to get us busy.

When was the last time you “just breathed,” friend? I’ve learned that if I don’t stop to breathe God puts me to the test. He will slow me down in His mercy to teach me the importance of remembering that inhaling is a gift of His mercy.

Just be and breathe.

Fill your lungs with the peace of God. He is the air that you breathe.



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Keep Eternity in View

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In 1985, I graduated from high school, packed my bags, and flew the coop.

I’d dreamed of this moment for so long. My heart longed for freedom.

Yet, just a few short weeks later, I suddenly felt restless. I longed for home.

This dissatisfaction with my circumstances was the beginning of a new understanding for me.

Yes, this world promised fulfillment and fun, but somehow it was never quite enough.

…I longed for more.

I finished college, got a job, and decorated an apartment.

…and I still longed for more.

I spent two decades praying for God to place a husband under my Christmas tree, and then one magical day, I wore a veil and walked down an aisle.

…and I still longed for more.

I’ve learned that worldly fare always leaves you hungry.

Can you relate?

Solomon certainly can. He had it all — an offensively large bank account, the keys to the kingdom, and more women at his disposal than probably Hugh Heffner himself.

He had it all, but it was never enough.

For the last eight weeks, I’ve studied Solomon’s treatise on life. Ecclesiastes is a timeless classic that is relevant to our day. Donald Trump really needs to read it.  He is a very Solomon-esque man.  Don’t you think?

Honestly, studying Ecclesiastes is not for the faint of heart. The book can be downright depressing at times, but if we listen and learn from Solomon, we might just avoid living a life filled with regret.

So let’s imagine that you and I are meeting Solomon for a cup of joe at Starbucks today. What wisdom would he share?

If you are note taker like me, here are the highlights.

Top 10 Takeaways from Ecclesiastes

  • Keep Eternity in View: I need to keep my eyes firmly focused on God and remember that no matter what happens here on earth, God is going to make all things new one day and get rid of sorrow, sin, weeping, and pain. My life doesn’t “end” here on earth on the day I die. In fact, I will one day be absent from my body, but fully alive and present before my Creator. My job is to keep looking forward and to invest in the 2 things that will outlast this life — God’s Word and the souls of men.
  • Trust God: I might not fully understand God, but only pursuing Him leads to true satisfaction. Rather than focus on results, I need to focus on relationship. I need to remember that I don’t have a complete understanding of how God is orchestrating things. From my finite viewpoint, I may see events in my life as purpose-less, but one day when I get to heaven, I will have the complete picture of how God was working in ways that I did not see with my human eyes. In the meantime, my job is to stay faithful and to not lose heart. The wise choices that I make today, may help to point another person to Christ and save them from an eternity apart from God. As Galatians 6:9 encourages, I should not grow weary in well doing.
  • Work Hard: There are no shortcuts in life. When I “cut corners” in any area of my life, I end up either on a dead-end street or going around in circles and just wasting valuable time and energy. As I yield my life to God and surrender all that I do to Him, I find purpose and meaning in my work and in my play. I cannot forget that I am here to know God and to make Him known. Placing God at the center of all that I do is how I find true pleasure and joy.
  • Learn to “Roll with It”:  I waste a lot of precious time wondering “why” and asking God “what if,” when I should be making every moment count by asking God “what do you want me to do now in this situation, Lord?” Rather than trying to change my circumstances, I need to adjust my attitude and focus on how to bring Him glory through my response each moment of my day.
  • Be a Giver: This world’s values will drain me of all joy and make life a chore. I need to remember that God is a giver, not a hoarder. To be like Christ, I must serve, not be selfish. When I find myself feeling weary with life, I need to stop and re-examine where I am putting my focus. Am I starting to feel entitled? Am I focused on my flesh, rather than yielding to my spirit? A good heart check every so often is important.
  • Cultivate a Thankful Heart: My choices do have consequences, and more importantly, my heart attitude will determine how pleasing I am to God. Am I thankful for the gift of life today? Am I thankful that I get to partner with God in His redemptive purposes today? Am I willing to take up my cross and follow Jesus knowing that the suffering I experience now will be but a shadow when I experience the glory that is to come in heaven when I see Him face to face? If things don’t go my way, will I trust that God has a greater plan?
  • Choose Wisely: “Wisdom speaks quietly” but changes the atmosphere. When we live wisely, our heart is tender to the Lord, and this impacts our countenance so that we radiate God’s Light to those who are hardened by sin. Rather than fear man, I need to fear God. Man has no power to defeat God’s purposes in my life.
  • Stay in the Word:  In Proverbs 2, Solomon encourages us to be wise daughters who “receive” God’s Word and “treasure” His precepts. We are called to perk up and pay attention leaning forward with anticipation so that we do not miss a single syllable of what God has to say to us. We are to pray for wisdom and search for it like a pirate who is greedy for treasure. As we continue to study God’s Word, seek to know Him more, and grow in our love for what makes His heart happy, He will teach us to tremble for Him above everything else in this world.
  •  Make Each Day Count:  How will my life today reverence my God? How will I choose to say no to this world and yes to God? Consider the brevity of life and “live like you am dying.” Create a legacy with your life.  Invest in moments that matter in light of eternity.
  • Fear God Above All Else:
    • Surrender to His sovereignty
    • Respect His holiness
    • Honor Him with a humble heart attitude
    • Remember He is a Righteous Judge
    • Obey His voice
 
Everything you were taught can be put into a few words:
Respect and obey God!
This is what life is all about.
Ecclesiastes 12:13, CEV

 

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