Friday, November 23, 2012

Dry off your tears and get to work

"Oh those poor children."

I tend to hear that a lot.

Many times, people hear the story of a person and feel bad for them. They're sympathetic of their situation. Hearing their story may even bring tears to their eyes, they might gasp and wonder why bad things happen, and they may even say a quick prayer that God would intervene, that the child would receive food or care or whatever it is that they need.

But, what I have come to realize is that sympathy is not going to do anything to help that child. Neither is pity. You have got to do some thing about it.

If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? - James 2:16

You can wish that the needs be met, you can even pray, but if God is calling you to be His hands and feet, then we need to be stepping up to the plate and doing something to fix the need.

We can't just sit back, expecting everyone else to do it while the child goes to bed yet another night with an empty stomach, because unless your compassion compels you to move, its really not compassion, its sympathy. And there is a huge difference between compassion and sympathy.


feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.


 You see, compassion doesn't just say, "Oh, that poor child." Compassion says "Let's do something about this!" Compassion has a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. It doesn't just sit back and wait, it takes action. It doesn't shed a tear, but then turn its back, pretending that it doesn't know, thinking that someone else will take care of it.

Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know, and holds us responsible to act. - Proverbs 24:12

 So dry off your tears and get to work.


  1. AMEN!!! Amen, amen, amen! LOVE this, my dear. Keep preaching the truth! Maybe together we can help get some people to move in compassion. Beautiful!

    Karilyn Head

  2. AMEN! Amen, amen, amen! LOVE it! Thank you for preaching such truth; maybe we can get some people to move in their compassion and not just ponder it!

    With love, sister in Christ,

    Karilyn Grace Head

  3. Hi Addisyn,
    Well said!
    So true. Have you ever heard of the song: Brake our Hearts, by Vicky Beeching...I printed the lyrics and read them everyday.
    God Bless