Posts Tagged ‘Compassion’

Extending forgiveness

There are lots of things that help relationships. Good communication. Clarity concerning roles. Kindness always helps. But I believe the single greatest item in your relational toolbox is forgiveness. You already know what it feels like to receive it. But, are you aware of the power it has in your life when you extend it…

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Looking good

It may be nice to tell others about how compassionate we are by using Twitter or Facebook, but it’s ultimately our actions that make the difference. The idea of “looking good” seems to be a bigger value than “being good.” Why is that? Part of the answer is that many of us have not taken…

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Goose egg

First Corinthians 13 is a chapter in the New Testament that is not understood nearly as well as people think. It’s called the “Love Chapter” of the Bible. But here’s the deal, people usually read it out of context. Context is the most important tool to be used for understanding the scriptures. At least that’s…

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All You Need is Love

At the height of “Beatlemania”, the Beatles contributed a new song to the first live global television link call “Our World.”. The song title was “All You Need is Love.” It was released in 1967.  It has very simple lyrics and a simple message. Love. I don’t know about you, but simple messages are particularly…

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Just a little help…

I don’t think there’s anybody who doesn’t feel good when they help somebody out…even if it’s difficult or inconvenient. I remember getting a call from a friend who had car trouble. He called me for assistance. I have to say, I was a little reluctant to help…well…very reluctant. The reason was pretty simple.  He was…

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What’s your button?

Everybody’s got a button. You know, that one thing that really sets them off. We often talk in terms of “that guy really knows how to push my buttons.” The Free Dictionary defines this idiom as “drawing a strong emotional reaction from someone, especially anger or frustration. For example, My mother-in-law really knows how to push my buttons.…

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You’re not alone!

Despair and depression do something to you. The way you think changes. There is a strong tendency to be more self-centered focusing on your issues solely. The nature of depression is interesting. Here’s a quick primer. According to Web MD, most people feel sad or depressed at times. It’s a normal reaction to loss or…

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Celebrating with another

Why is it so hard to celebrate the successes of others? It might be because of jealousy. Dictionary.com defines jealousy this way: resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, or against another’s success or advantage itself. Jealousy is a normal emotion that just about everyone experiences. But, jealousy can grow into anger…

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A Great Privilege

I’ve had the privilege of being a pastor for a bunch of years. I’ve got to tell you, spiritual leadership on any level involves a range of emotions…good, bad, happy, sad, concerning, heartbreaking, joyous, hopeful and tragic. It wasn’t too long ago that in the morning, I sat at the bedside of a friend in…

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PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY – Issues of Integrity

Personal Responsibility According to the 21st century bastion of knowledge, Wikipedia, the expression “passing the buck” is said to have originated from poker, in which a marker was used to indicate the person whose turn it was to deal. If the player did not wish to deal he could pass the responsibility by passing the…

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RESPONDING TO MISTAKES – Relationships

I’m not sure where it was originally said, but people generally don’t disagree with the following statement: “Errors, miscalculations, and blunders are the “unforgivable sin” in today’s society.” You’ve grown up with it and your kids live it in our world today. Failure is not an option. I think it was Vince Lombardi who said…

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