EMPATHY

Most of my contact with friends and family are through social media due to the “busy-ness” and distance between all our lives. How and why did we become so busy? As a kid, my family spent the weekends visiting other family or them visiting our house. Weekday evenings too. We were always with someone. None of us had an exorbitant amount of money. None of us were too busy to hang out. We shared meals, stories, and time. I find myself these days thinking about the many things I’m supposed to be doing or working on when I am spending time with others and it makes me sick. Simply sick.  How did we, as a society, lose ourselves? We have taken the personality out of our lives by becoming too personal. We have become selfish. We find our time too precious to share with others. We find our endeavors more important than people. I’m guilty. You are guilty. We are all guilty. How do we fix it?  I don’t know. I don’t know how to make my bills go away. I don’t know how to make the deadlines stop. I don’t know how to put more hours in my day. However, I do know how to make an effort.  I know how to empathize with others. I know how to cry with those who are crying. I know how to laugh with those who are laughing. I scroll through newsfeeds and see the hurt, the pain, the loneliness of those I love and what can I do? I gather it all up like a small child told to pick up their toys and put them back in the toybox except I go before the throne of God, drop it all in front of Him, and yell and point, “This! What do I do?” He smiles at me with His grace. He looks at me as I drop to my knees, head down in desperation, and he says “My child…this. This is what you do.” It’s at His feet I carry the things that are too heavy for others. It’s at His feet where I have reached my limit.  It’s at His feet I find His grace more than any pain I have yet to endure.  It’s at His feet I find rest. It’s at His feet, I carry all of you with me.

 

Romans 12:15-18  (KJV)

Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

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