There is an awful lot going on in our world today. In the rare times that I turn on the news anymore, it feels like a daunting task when I begin to think of what I could do to bring any positive change at all. It can be easy to slip into despair or, as I like to call it, “learned helplessness” - and yet there is still some incredible opportunities that you and I have to have a positive impact on the world around us.
As I look back on the last year, two things stand out in my mind. Those two things are mercy and grace. One Christian writer says that mercy and grace are merely two sides of the same coin. Another writer says that mercy and grace are often confused and while related, they are not the same...
It has been pouring rain all morning. Like buckets of rain. I watched it coming down off my back porch this morning before coming into the office. I thought of the many conversations I have had in the last week and a half. Many of you are going through your own personal storms in life. As I prayed for these individuals by name this morning, I thought I would focus this week’s blog on finding peace in the midst of life’s storms...
Around noon, there was a man in a white Chevy truck that seemed to be in a hurry. We loaded his one box (seriously dude, you waited an hour for one box?) and about the time it hit his truck bed, his truck bit the dust. He was out of gas...
This past weekend, I had an opportunity to sing with a gospel quartet in Marion, SD, with a group of guys that go pheasant hunting up there every year. It just so happened that this Sunday the entire community was celebrating “Harvest In-Gathering". Each year on this particular Sunday, the farmers gather together and they celebrate the harvest being over and they make a special offering for missions - both local and around the world.
I remember one time, my youngest brother thought it would be clever to carve his initials, “J.D.B.” into the wet concrete in our neighbors freshly-poured driveway. Probably what you expect from a 13 year old! He and his buddy thought it would be funny, but what he did was selfish. He wasn’t thinking of the impact it might have on someone else, just did it for a good laugh. Maybe your kids have done something similar? Maybe you have a similar memory from your days?
Can you really change the world? Deep down, everyone wants to make a difference. But it is difficult for students to get past their own issues, problems, and distractions to see that their lives can count right now.
In this 40-minute session from the 2012 World Leaders Conference, clinical psychologist, acclaimed leadership expert, and best-selling author Henry Cloud challenges leaders to be vulnerable and develop the parts of themselves that will make them more compassionate and effective.
WHAT DOES GOD WANT US TO DO ABOUT POVERTY? We want to help those in need, but where do we start— and what does God expect of us? True Story is a six-week curriculum designed to help us discover their role in God's story of restoring the world. Students will journey alongside Alyssa, a teen from Toronto, and explore the spiritual nature of poverty, God's heart for those in need and the unique role of the Church.
"Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you." | Ephesians 4:31-32 (NLT)
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." | Matthew 9:36 (NIV)
"Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep." | Romans 12:15 (NLT)
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." | Leo Buscaglia
"I choose kindness… I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me." | Max Lucado
"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." | Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” | John Bunyan
"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these." | George Washington Carver
"Few things are so deadly as a misguided sense of compassion." | Chuck Colson
"The 'least of my brethren' are the hungry and the lonely, not only for food, but for the Word of God; the thirsty and the ignorant not only for water, but also for knowledge, peace, truth, justice and love; the naked and the unloved, not only for clothes but also for human dignity; the unwanted; the unborn child; the racially discriminated against; the homeless and abandoned, not only for a shelter made of bricks, but for a heart that understands, that covers, that loves; the sick, the dying destitutes, and the captives, not only in body, but also in mind and spirit; all those who have lost all hope and faith in life; the alcoholics and dying addicts and all those who have lost God (for them God was but God is) and who have lost all hope in the power of the Spirit." | Mother Teresa
"People may excite in themselves a glow of compassion, not by toasting their feet at the fire, and saying: "Lord, teach me compassion," but by going and seeking an object that requires compassion." | Henry Ward Beecher
"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who deal likewise with their fellow men." | Francis of Assisi
"Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell." | C.T. Studd
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