Seeing The Value Of Compassion
Our school value of compassion is vital to building a strong community which cares for and respects one another. Compassion is showing kindness, and a willingness to help others. When you have compassion, you’re putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. You see when they are hurt, or disappointed, and you want to do something positive to help them. God has made us to live in community. To care for each other. To love each other. To look out for each other. But as I shared with the school in Chapel, sometimes we can find the “looking out for each other” a bit hard.
Perhaps our looking can be a little like wearing dark glasses. We don’t want others to know we have seen their hurt or misfortune, so we keep doing other things instead of helping. Perhaps our looking can be like wearing the goggles in the photo. We get so focussed on what we’re doing that we don’t even notices anyone around us. We get distracted, and try to look everywhere else, rather than at the person. Perhaps our looking can be like the thick-lens glasses, and we only see a small portion of what’s going on. It could be that there is something more serious or important that we need to help someone with.
I see a need and help with passion, that is selfless true compassion.
So how can we show compassion? Well first of all, if someone is hurt or upset…We’re not to laugh. We’re not to tease. We’re not to attack. We’re not to withdraw. We’re not to avoid… But we are to notice. We are to see the value of compassion to those around us. And therefore, we are to be intentional about helping the other person.