Passionate Compassion

Your Heart’s Cry

Sitting at the intersection, wrapped in a blanket with your dog by your side, I see you. Sign in your hand and down on your luck, I see. I see the lines on your face. I see the hopelessness in your eyes. Too proud to beg, yet too desperate to not beg. I see you, but I do not stop. I close my windows and lock my doors. I pretend I don’t see, but I see you. I excuse my action or lack thereof by the many shortcomings on your part that may have placed you in your current situation. Drunkard, gambler, druggie, deadbeat—which are you? I’m not obligated to help you, and I resent the implication that you are my responsibility. Could it be possible you were once just like me, living day-to-day and paycheck to paycheck? Could it be life simply sent you a curve that set you whirling into this new place, sitting at the intersection? Could it be you are a purposeful part of my day, sent to reveal to me what I’m not seeing?

I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy. Psalm 140:12 ESV

His Reply

Your role in this life is not to judge others, but to love others and to do it well. Loving well takes practice on imperfect recipients. See people through My eyes of love and acceptance. Accept them for where they are and love them through their current difficulty. Be gracious in your dealings with the less fortunate, for tests and hard times are a common denominator for all. Share from a place of abundance. Be My hands in a world in need of My touch. Be a reservoir of My grace and compassion. What do you have in your hands? Are you willing to use it for another? One meal at a time. One kind word at a time. One drink of water at a time. One smile at a time. One provision at a time. One life at a time. Hope can spring forth from one act of passionate compassion. Be a living hope ambassador.

I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve. Jeremiah 17:10 NIV

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by Saundra Dalton-Smith

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Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board Certified internal medicine physician. She shares with audiences nationwide on the topics of eliminating limiting emotions, finding grace in difficult places, and experiencing personal renewal by drawing near to God. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and has been featured in Women’s Day, Redbook, and First For Women magazine. She is the founder of I Choose My Best Life. Her other books include award-winning Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves.

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