Some memories continue to stay with us and serve as a reminder of how we could live out our life going forward. I can never forget the last twenty minutes of my final grad course. My professor asked us to pull out a piece of paper and pencil in seven descriptions of how we would like to be remembered this lifetime. Not only did he share his list, but he left us with some thoughtful advice. He reminded us to turn on our blinkers and be mindful of the times where we may drive ahead. Most importantly, acknowledging those who allow us to pass through…our family, friends, coworkers, and those we come into contact.
Christmas is a time of giving and we may ask ourselves: To whom are we giving? The challenge of Advent is that we are often busy. Have we failed to notice the needs and hurts of others because we were too caught up in our own worries? Jesus understands and cares for us. He wants to give us more than we need. But He also encourages us to think with our hearts.
Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, entering into places of pain, brokenness, and fear. It involves the willingness to put ourselves in the shoes of others and taking the focus off ourselves. By recognizing the suffering and frustration of others and offering our support, we allow our hearts to open. As Mother Teresa reminds us, “We cannot do great things on this earth. We can only do small things with great love.”
Lord, help me where I am holding back.
Reflected by Tam Lontok
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