Hurricane Harvey came, destroyed, and has left much to deal with in it's aftermath. Even though I sat a few states away watching the devastation increase moment by moment, one thing that remained true to what I saw and heard from friends who live in the Houston area is that compassion and love won.
I am reminded of so many who have experienced something like this before and how people genuinely stepped up to assist, love, care for, equip, empower, and walk alongside those needing assistance. This gives me hope.
Hope in humankind.
Hope in those around me.
Hope for those affected.
I heard recently an interesting thing about compassion. The person relaying the news referred to a study done on the amygdala in the brain. The amygdala’s function is to process our emotions. This report focused on how when we show compassion, it regulates the amygdala, which in turn can lower anxiety. If this is true, then we all should be showing more compassion! Am I right?
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
Between the current events, this study that I heard about, and what I know to be a Biblical command, I am trying to ask myself each day where am I showing compassion? Where can I show more compassion? So I will extend that question to you today, where are you showing compassion and where can that compassion be strengthened or extended? It makes a difference and gives hope every time.