Is having compassion for people with bad behavior justifying their actions?

I have had the opportunity to work alongside all types of people over the years. Men and women coming from all kinds of different situations. Either working in volunteer positions or with fellow co-workers I have been exposed to people. Working in different doctors offices I have grown to build relationships with the patients that come in on a regular basis.

Just thinking about that statement makes me feel grateful in an odd way. What I mean to say; if I am constantly around people who think the same as I do and have a similar lifestyle as mine how would I grow in the area of compassion? Granted, I haven’t experienced the ‘ugliness’ that some people have encountered in different areas of the world.

Please do not miss understand me; I am in no way, thinking I am better, or worse than other individuals.

Thinking of ‘why’ a person behaves the way they do is something that I have done for years. I really don’t know when it started but it is who I am. Maybe because of my, not so perfect past and bad behavior; I have learned to look at my own “why” when my actions aren’t lining up with who I really am. Once I slow down for a moment and truly look deep inside, my inner me, and be honest with myself that I can usually find the root to the bad behavior.

Now, I don’t ponder about these things to the point of making myself stressed over another person situation. I did that at one time. But now its more about seeing the hurt that makes people do or say the things they do.

Again, this isn’t so that I can feel superior over another or that I have answers for them. But it gives me insight on how to pray for them. That may sound like a cliché to you, but there is power in prayer.

I type all this out because I know an individual that is having an issue with addiction.  Addiction to what? I do not know.  And truthfully it doesn’t really matter to me. I just want to know why the ‘system’ isn’t helping them [or other individuals] get victory in the area.

I have been told first hand how some probation processes go, and I am saddened. Group therapy, or demanding random testing, doesn’t help a person. The individual struggling in addiction needs help finding themselves.  To stop hiding and/or running from their past, which usually involves pain, to gain emotional healing. Heart-healing. Which I found in a personal relationship with TRINITY, touched by HIS indescribable love.

I understand a person has to have the desire to get help. But if they are walking around with ‘no hope’ and no positive words spoken to them: why would they want to ‘get help?’

Most people tangled in addiction know it is wrong, but it is an escape. This is how they cope with the pain: by numbing themselves to it.

Even today, walking downtown, I walked past an individual that was obviously not in their right mind. Automatically I felt compassion, my heart hurt for them.

Why? Why would someone not want to exist and engage life?

Talking about the downtrodden with another person I was asked; “Why do you make excuses for people?”

I don’t see, having compassion for another human being, as “making excuses.” That would mean that I justify their actions, and that would just enable them.

What do you think?

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Calories in verse calories out.

Personally, I love to gain knowledge in the subjects that I am passionate about. Either sitting in a group of 5 to 5000 listening to a speaker, or listening to an online podcasts / live feed, I find contentment listening with my pen and note book jutting down those inspiring words spoken. I eat it all up!

Every time I am made aware of an event, I would secretly ‘wish’ I could attend. It is amusing for me to day dream about how I would get there.

Would I go by plane?

What if I took the bus?

Maybe train, that would be fun!

Though, I would have no problem driving, and seeing the landscape of the United States!

I would also imagine all the people I’d meet and the conversations we would have. It would bring me so much enjoyment to ponder these things that sometimes I would become disappointed that it wouldn’t ‘work out’ and ‘maybe next time’ I would get to go. Read more… “Calories in verse calories out.”

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Giving myself permission

What is that sound? I thought to myself as I tried to figure out where the head of my bed is. Somehow the position of my body was farther down the mattress than normal. Once I figured out where I had to reach, I grabbed at the floor to find my phone to turn off the alarm clock.

Right away, I start with my morning routine. Let the dogs out, get a glass of water and take my vitamins, start the coffee, and then turn the hall light on so not to shock my husband Bob awake [sometimes he turns the hall light on so I can get a few minutes longer in bed].

Getting lost in my thoughts; I think about the discussions at BSSM class the night before. Wanting to finish my reading assignment, that should have been done, I pick up my book to read a few lines before carrying on with my morning list of things. But I then figured I should get Bob’s lunch I place the book down on the countertop and proceed to get his food around. Read more… “Giving myself permission”

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All creation awaits; calling out to us in 2019!

Real quick post here:

On my walk outside this morning, I couldn’t believe how clear the air felt. No fidget wind blowing, no cars driving down the road, and even though it is partly cloudy, my heart is overwhelmed with gratitude, joy, and excitement. I see the neighbor 1/4 mile down from us [whom I never spoke to before]. He is outside with whom I think is his wife [young child on her hip] looking up at the trees. Perhaps he was sharing with her what limbs he would like to trim to give the trees ‘more life.’

I not too sure if I have been noticed as I start to turn down a side road. I hold up my arm and wave, and they wave back. I shout out “Happy New Year!” and the greeting was returned.

I don’t know why but; Shouting out; “Happy New Year” in the brisk air and hear it bounce off the bear trees shook me. It’s almost liked the trees have the same sort of excitement in them. Then I am reminded of these verses in Romans: 8:18-20 TPT

I am convinced that any suffering we endure is less than nothing compared to the magnitude of glory that is about to be unveiled within us. The entire universe is standing on tiptoe, yearning to see the unveiling of God’s glorious sons and daughters!  For against its will the universe itself has had to endure the empty futility resulting from the consequences of human sin.

Creation is calling out to us in 2019! Saying: “Know who you’ve been called to be. Know your what lies dormant inside you. You are sons and daughters of the CREATOR.”

Let us remember; God created with words. I pray that our words in 2019 create beauty. Let us break the bondage that keeps the captives bound, with words rooted from Love [GOD IS LOVE].

It is going to be an amazing year! Even creation feels it, the spirit of God is going to pour out on His people, like never before, on this earth. Wow what glorious things we will experience as the hand of God is moving across the globe!

Look to see, listen to hear, and walk with the authority given to us by Jesus!

Happy New Year my friends!

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