“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” 1 Peter 3:8
In these ways, we are showing God at work.
If we were defining compassion, we might refer to it as a concern and sympathy for others who are struggling and a desire to help ease their suffering. Some people may, on the outside, seem like they are doing just fine. And, perhaps they are. However, don’t take any chances or make any assumptions. Ask your colleagues, staff and or boss how they are doing. Listen to what they say. Ask them how their family members are doing. Take time to listen.
In my physiotherapy practice, everyone is of course, wearing a mask. Instead of seeing their entire face, the main focus is now their eyes. And their eyes can tell a lot. I see concern in my patients’ eyes when they come to the door. They are depending on us to look after them. I have the opportunity to help put them at ease as I tell them all the policies we have put into place to help keep them safe. But their concern may be what they carried with them as they came for their appointment, such as struggling with a family member’s health o their financial situation. I have the opportunity to also ask them how their family members are doing. Some times, just talking about it will help them feel better.
As I speak to a staff member at work, over the phone, via email or over Zoom, I have the opportunity to talk to them about how they are doing. I hope they see the concern I have. However, I may not have an opportunity to show God’s compassion if the conversation is not initiated.
Sometimes we may need to be creative if we are in a time crunch. It can still be done! Even a quick email can indicate to someone you were thinking of them, or thought they were not quite themselves that day and was there something you could do.
I am reminded of these lyrics of the worship song; “Mighty to Save”-
“Everyone needs compassion
Love that’s never failing
Let mercy fall on me
Everyone needs forgiveness
The kindness of a Saviour
The hope of the nations”
As the song says, “everyone needs compassion.” Does someone you work with come to your mind, or heart, as someone who needs a touch of compassion or perhaps a large dose of it? This week, as you look at each person wearing the mask, look carefully at their eyes. Smile with yours. Ask them how they are doing. Listen carefully. Then, see if there is anything you can do to share God’s compassion with them by showing His compassion through you.
May God richly bless you this week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work