|Compassion VS Indifference or Fear
Consciously sharing in someone’s hurts out of love; and gently doing whatever is necessary to heal those hurts, remembering God’s compassion for
you both, without thought of personal gain.
|In your own words
Silently, Lauren hugged a sobbing Cindy as she contemplated what to say. Now that was the question: what to say? Cindy had just poured out her heart to her. All the hurts, struggles, hopes, and ugliness that had accumulated and chose this moment to burst. It was a mess. And that was okay, Lauren totally got messes (maybe because she’s been in a few herself), but as usual is was confusing. A confusing mess. Who had heard of such a thing?! Lauren smiled. But, back to the question. Lauren could definitely relate to most of it. Should she tell Cindy about her own experience in these things? Lauren didn’t want to only talk about herself though, she wanted Cindy to know that she cared about her and yet at the same time let her know that she really did understand Cindy and her struggles. But then there was the fact that she couldn’t quite relate to all of it. She honestly had not been in some of Cindy’s situations before. Lauren thought she could give sounds advice perhaps, but did she have the right since she hadn’t experienced those things personally before? And did Cindy even want ‘advice or did she just need a shoulder to cry into? Aggh!
Letter from an Author
|Letter from an Author
I hope you are having a great start to the month of June. Throughout this month we’ve been having a little trouble getting our pages together, but overall we are, yet again, grateful for another edition of Th!nk and in fact a third year of it exactly. Yes, that’s right, it’s our third year anniversary and I can’t be more blown away by all the things we have done and how fast time has gone by.
Throughout these three years a lot has changed. Our pages have more variety. Our layouts are a lot more organized. We’ve started using a lot more graphics. But most importantly, we as authors have changed. Personally I feel like my relationship with God has grown more with using my skill of writing to write about Him. Also, Th!nk has helped me with my organization, time management, and computer skills.
Along with me are the other authors that I couldn’t do this without. Even though I’ve only met about half of them face to face, I enjoy spending time doing Th!nk with them and seeing the different skills they bring.
So this month’s character trait is compassion. Just like every month, by writing and researching for pages I learn so much and get a better understanding of what it means. Compassion is a trait that I’m not very familiar with. Personally it just sounds like another word that means something along the line of showing love to others, but compassion isn’t just that. Compassion is feeling sorry and sympathetic for others and wanting to help them. It’s similar to the word companion which I think is cool.
With this new edition of Th!nk I hope we can do something for you. Whether it’s inspire you, encourage you, help you in your faith, or maybe just provide you with a fun little thing to read.
These past three years have been so much fun and I can’t wait for many more!
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Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis is both a happy and sad book. Katie Davis sacrifices much, but gains more in the end. Her last year of high school Katie goes on a mission trip to Uganda over Christmas break… and falls in love with it. School finishes and she decides to postpone college for a year and returns to Uganda. During that one year she adopts eight girls. When the year is up Katie is faced with a tough decision… should she continue the work she thinks God has called her to? Or stop for school, leaving her girls behind, and then return?