There are quotation marks around our lives. What we are saying with our lives makes a difference to others. We may not say a word but what we do speaks volumes. Let the volume of our actions be louder than the volume of our words. The world would rather see a sermon. The world wants to see how we live before we say, “We come in the name of the Lord.”
The world does not need compassion that says, “Here is what I will do for you.” The world craves compassion that willingly remains and lovingly responds after asking, “What is it you would have me to do?”
Some of us are quick to do for the sake of applause. Fewer are those who care less if they are numbered among those that serve. Will we be a compassionate people that walks in the storm and keeps company with others as the winds of strife howl in our ears? True compassion sees a need for presence more than words, for caring more than casual assistance, for service more than acclaim.
The world values compassion that sits in the dust with the destitute and is leaned on by the lonely. The world values compassion that bathes the broken and stays with the suffering until the last breath. Let us be the compassionate ones who do not flee in the face of the struggle to find solutions to relieve the hurt of others. Let us wisely and quickly respond to the call of those with a need but let us never seek to make acts of compassion our tool for telling our own story.
There are quotation marks around our lives. If no one will ever hear what we are doing will we still be there for the person who responds to our question, “What will you have me to do?”
by Pastor Cyril Millet
Director of Adventist Youth Ministries in Bermuda