Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Compassion for Life Love for Others....

According to dictionary.com, the word compassion simply means to have a feeling of deep sympathy and sorry for another who has been stricken with misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. So what does it mean to be compassionate? Well that is a good question, so once again we will refer to dictionary.com's list of definitions. According to dictionary.com, the word compassionate means to have or show compassion: as in a compassionate person or letter. The word compassion has so many meanings and implications to many different people, and if you ask one person what it means to them, and ask another individual the same question, chances are you will receive a different answer.

For me, being compassionate is something more than mere words on a page, on a screen, or thoughts in our minds, compassion and being compassionate is an action word. If we are to change our lives for the better, we have to take the necessary steps, simply saying that I plan on graduating from college will get me no where close to attaining that goal; however, if I call colleges and universities in my area, meet with staff and counselors, and take steps to enroll then I have taken the steps which will bring me to that goal. Showing love and compassion is exactly the same way, we must take the steps that transform these words on a page or computer screen to words that actually begin to show that we are compassionate and sympathetic, and that we do feel empathy for those who are hurting or in need of help.

The main theme of my blog is to encourage others to get up and chase after their dreams; however, the fact is that if the individual doesn't know and understand how to turn simple words into actions, the likelihood of attaining these dreams will be nearly impossible. Simple everyday things such as reading a book or a set of directions means nothing if the individual does not actively follow the directions or place him or herself within the pages of the book to experience what is being read. The same principles can be placed into any situation in life, we must experience everything life has to offer, both good and bad, before we can truly understand what others may be going through, and before we can truly begin to show sympathy, empathy, and compassion.

I Peter 3:8-9 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

Recently, I have had the honor and pleasure of spending time with individuals and families who are or have experienced some of the worst of what the world has to offer; however, after experiencing some of these things in my own life, I more than prepared to minister to these families, I actually felt their pain, I cried when they cried; the sadness and grief they felt, I felt right along with them because I had been there too. By the grace of God, I was able to share with them words of encouragement, comfort, and love. The point I am attempting to make is this, no matter what you have gone through, or where you have been in your life, there is a purpose behind it, and if you grab a hold of it, you can use these experiences for good instead of a hindrance, let these events be a source of encouragement for you. Last but not least, these words were written to encourage you to keep pushing, regardless of whether you believe in God or not, you must understand that life is bigger than the sadness we feel or the unfortunate event from our past, you are bigger than that bad day or that loved one who treated like less than a person keep pushing towards your goal, and please just give Jesus a chance to make himself known in your life.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Faith, Hope, and Love....

Radioactive rain drops are falling from the sky, multiple deaths in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the massive Tsunamis, Earthquakes,and aftershocks currently being experienced throughout Japan and the Pacific ring of fire, what do the all have in common? Fear, all of these events are causing fear throughout the planet Earth. Although not all of these events are man-made, all of these events can be affected by man in one way or another, through the showing of love to our brothers as the Bible instructs us, we as humans can work together to ease the pain of those in need, not sympathy, but empathy, not caring, but love.

I Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

The greatest of these is Love, that is correct, the greatest of these is love. The first goal of everything that I do, write, say, or pray is to present the faith to individuals who may not know the Love of Christ Jesus; the seciond goal is to encourage people to push forward and forget the things of the past. Whether you are a believer in Christ Jesus or not, it is absolutely imperative that you know and understand that you are more important than the problems, you are better than someone's negative opinion of you, and there is more to life than living in misery.

The first step in making positive change is to understand that there is hope; that through faith all dreams are attainable. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for,and the evidence of things not seen. That is the Biblical definition of faith, but what does faith mean in the real world? When you grab that chair and sit down to have lunch, you literally have faith that the chair will hold your weight; when you are driving down the road and approach a stop sign, you have faith that the brakes will grip the rotors, and the car will stop. In life, we must have faith that we can overcome any obstacles laid down before us, in life we must have the faith and courage to press through when it appears that the world is coming against us, and that through faith we can achieve our goals.

Last year, an individual made a decision that literally changed his world; what was the decision you ask, the individual decided to go to college. Although this is a choice that several thousand individuals make every year, for this individual it is much different. The gentleman in question graduated high school in five years instead of the standard four years that most students follow, the gentleman has not taken any formal classes in over ten years, and the indivudual has a family to take care of; however, the gentleman in question has faith that with help from God, friends, and family, he can reach his goal. That individual in question is me, Fred Blackman Jr. As of today, I have not failed a class, I have acquired thirty credit hours, and I am course to graduate college just as my oldest son is graduating high school. You too can reach your goals, all it takes is Faith, Hope, and Love.......What's next?