Every day, on Instagram and Facebook, I experience a lack of compassion for others, and it is very disheartening. I have a lot of faults, but I have to say I have a lot of compassion for other people. I have always been the one to give someone else the benefit of the doubt. I have always wanted to see the good in others and to hear their stories. That is how I learn and the way God made me. I once thought it was a curse, but now I know it is a blessing. I love learning about the world through the eyes of another. I love seeing people for what they are worth with no judgment. But here is where the problem lies, sometimes other people do not show me the same compassion.
Even though they don’t show me compassion, you know what, that is okay. It really is! I have learned over the years that it isn’t about me, it’s about the greater good and the love of Jesus. It’s about becoming a disciple of God, it’s about becoming more like Him. Is it hard? YES! Does it hurt somedays? YES! But, we don’t grow when things are easy. We grow when we face challenges.
Before we move forward, let’s understand what compassion is. Compassion is a sympathetic concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
8 Ways To Have More Compassion For Another
Accept That You Will Disagree & Have Different Opinions
It is that simple. Accept that you will disagree! Accept that you will have different opinions. It is okay! Just because you accept it, doesn’t mean you agree with it! Stop arguing and stop loving! Check out my podcast!
Truly listening to others is a seemingly lost skill for many people today. To be compassionate means to not just hear, but to listen to others.
Empathize With Others
Look at the world through other people’s eyes. To empathize with someone does not necessarily mean to sympathize with them. To empathize means to make the conscious attempt to trade places with the person (or people) in order to gain perspective. Often times, we can show true compassion by just being empathetic.
When we praise and encourage others we can sometimes kick-start a positive spiral of behavior in that person and in ourselves. Positive reinforcement is always helpful to a person who is thinking they are either stuck or will never get out of the circumstances they are in at that moment.
Give your kindness away without expecting anything in return. Kindness is contagious! The person you are being kind to benefits through your help, and you’ll feel good for having helped someone. The world is made better through your kindness and love!
Learn How To Advocate
An advocate is a person who speaks up for and defends the rights of another person by helping them communicate their needs in a challenging situation (such as a hospital visit). To effectively advocate, you must actively listen to what your friend needs and communicate in an assertive and respectful manner to help them take advantage of resources in your community.
Consider Your Words
Probably the most important one, consider your words always! Think before you speak. At its heart, compassion is about paying attention to the present moment with a loving attitude and not spewing the first thing that comes up into your brain to speak. Think before you speak! Not everyone needs to hear every single thought you have.
The simple act of showing compassion can make a world of difference in someone’s day (and in yours!). You don’t need to wait for a crisis to practice compassion, either. Try smiling at a stranger today.
Have Compassion For Yourself
Every day we go through life, and we forget about having compassion for ourselves in our own situations. Have compassion for yourself. You will find that the world around you is an easier place to live in when you do. And others’ will show you more compassion too!
Join me on Instagram Stories, as I talk about this topic and so much more. I shared the following video on Instagram Stories in hopes to help others see that compassion is the answer in everyday life by sharing my own story.
Have compassion for others every day. You never know what the other person is going through. As we walk through our life as disciples of God remember the compassion He has for you! Maybe then we will be more aware of the compassion we need for others.
Until next time….