Song of the Week
Song: Upper Room by Hillsong Worship
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Empathy Is a Superpower
“Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief].”
Romans 12:15 AMP
Empathy is the epitome of the human condition.
Some times it’s hard for us to empathize with other people, especially when our feelings are in direct contradiction with what they’re feeling.
For instance, how do you rejoice sincerely with someone who just stole the promotion?
It’s easier, at least for me, to weep with someone who weep than to rejoice with those who rejoice.
On the one hand, if somebody loses someone, I tap on my past experiences of loss and hurt and put myself in their shoes.
On the other hand, it’s difficult to feel happy on command.
Everybody has lost something. And every time you’re hurt or lose something, it leaves a scar. But when you’re happy, you don’t leave anything.
That’s why it’s hard to have faith. It’s easier to believe in the things you can see, but faith is the hope for in the things not seen.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
– Hebrews 11:1 NIV
It’s funny how we tend to not keep track of the times we were elated but we scrutinize over every single detail of the times we get hurt.
We don’t mull over the perfect, smooth patches of our hearts, unlike how we do our scars, and that’s dangerous.
Why Is It Dangerous to Forget about Good Times?
Forgetting about good times means that you don’t have any experience to back your obstacles.
When the Israelites were started out, after getting to the promised land, they faced lots of opposition. Although they were not the generation that saw Moses part the Red Sea, they used that experience to back their faith. They looked to God’s goodness in the past for their future.
That’s exactly what faith is: It is hope that looks forward while looking backward.
If you forget about the favors that God pulled for you, you might lose sight of who you are and who God is in your life.
And in the midst of your sorrows, it’s going to take you a long time to look for the right place for help. Your own experiences with God are your own best cheerleaders.
Is it me or did my walk with God started off smoothly for awhile first before conflict arose in my life? Maybe God was good to me in the beginning so that I had something to fall back on when the persecution started.
Call to Action
I’ve got 2 words for you: Blessings Journal.
I know it sounds like a lot of work, and it is, but you sow what you reap. Whatever you go through isn’t for nothing. God makes you go through all these things to encourage you, to grow you.
So, start journaling every day. It doesn’t need to be 1 hour every day. It could even be 2 minutes on your commute back home from work or on the toilet.
It doesn’t even need to be in a physical book. You just need to put all of them somewhere you can look through when you need to.
God bless you and start counting your blessings!
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