A Bit o'Inspiration
Compassion is evident in a one-on-one relationship when care, concern, sensitivity and warmth is the norm. We as Christians consider ourselves compassionate people as Christ was compassionate. But we need to foster these qualities in ourselves so that we can better reflect it to others.
An article in the RENEW magazine describes how we can do this through developing seven habits:
1. Meditate. Quiet purposeful meditation helps us defeat negativity.
2. Listen. We need to listen to ourselves, not just to others.
3. Move. Movement reduces stress and allows us to share more joy with others.
4. Imagine. Think about the best version of yourself and expect positive outcomes.
5. Forgive. We need to outgrow the hated and conflicts of the past.
6. Learn. Always strive to see where the other side is coming from.
7. Reach Out. Rather than focusing on ourselves, reach out to the world around you.
Embracing these steps can help each one make a difference!
FIVE FINGER PRAYERS
Prayer is a conversation with God, not a formula. Yet sometimes we might need to use a “method” to freshen up our prayer time. We can pray the Psalms or other Scriptures (such as The Lord’s Prayer), or use the ACTS method (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). I recently came across this “Five-Finger Prayer” to use as a guide when praying for others.
When you fold your hands, the thumb is nearest you. So begin by praying for those closest to you – your loved ones.
The index finger is the pointer. Pray for those who teach – Bible teachers and preachers, and those who teach children.
The next finger is the tallest. It reminds you to pray for those in authority over you – national and local leaders, and your supervisor at work. The fourth finger is usually the weakest. Pray for those who are in trouble or who are suffering.
Then comes the little finger. It reminds you of your smallness in relation to God’s greatness. Ask Him to supply your needs.
Whatever method you use, just talk with your Father. He wants to hear what’s on your heart.
Reprinted from The Daily Bread by Anne Cetas, June 27, 2017