I’m a photographer, copywriter, brand designer, homebody at heart planted in Columbus, Ohio. My mugs hold hot chocolate, my weakness is words, my socks never match, and I want to be your friend. I’m also long winded, so you better believe there’s more.
I heard where the pastor was going with that question – what do Christians wear? – I never would have guessed which characteristic flashed out at me like a neon sign. I’d never thought on it, but if I had to venture an answer what sticks out to me most about someone walking with the Lord is usually simple kindness or wisdom. But the first trait he mentioned was compassion.
Compassion is loaning your strength to someone else.
Each time I earnestly seek the Lord with a question, He has compassion on me.
When I pour my heart out to a mentor, she’ll have compassion with my worries.
If I need someone to sit with me and hear my heart, compassion overwhelms.
Hearing those words reminded me of friends who need the strength I possess. They need my encouragement, my empathy, my ear, my attention. Forgoing a text or letter just because I don’t feel like sending it is withholding that strength. This was today’s reminder to seek out friendships I’ve lacked in to stand in for the hearts who have stood in for me.
Have I loaned my strength to someone else lately?
Have you? If so, would you mind sharing how? I’d love to hear.