Monday, February 29, 2016

Affirmation Monday!

Affirmation Monday!
Here are affirmations for this week!

Being compassionate (although difficult to admit) can sometimes be difficult for me! We get so caught up in our own lives, what we are dealing with and the issues of life that we can often to be blinded to those around us. 

Of course I am not really speaking about the kind of compassion that is obvious, like giving a care package to a homeless person, but the day to day compassions, a phone call or email to someone who is struggling, going the extra mile for that person going through a hard time...

Life can beat us down and throughout that process we can become hardened, put those defense mechanisms up to protect ourselves, but we really lose out in the long run! We miss out on the opportunities to be a part of someone else's journey (a part that maybe only you were designed to play.) 

A few years ago I started noticing I was more withdrawn and protecting myself from sharing my own struggles, we need each other and being connected at a deeper level with people is so needed in this day of being falsely connected by things like social media.

When I started noticing the affect this was having on me and my relationships, I started making a concerted effort and choice to be more compassionate in the everyday of life (not neglecting the need for time alone and self-care, but being more aware of the needs of those around me, and being genuinely concerned for them.) 

What drove Jesus to do many of things He did while He walked on this earth? The Father's guidance, and compassion:
  • Matthew 14:14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
  • Mark 6:34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and  he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.
  • Mark 6:34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and  he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.



Let's follow Jesus' example and become more compassionate... And don't forget to answer the Self-Reflection Questions below... Share your thoughts below!

REPEAT THESE AFFIRMATIONS AND REVIEW THE VERSES ABOVE THIS WEEK! 

  • Being compassionate is a way of life for me.
  • I am sensitive to the needs of others and help in any way that I can. I listen to them with a loving and compassionate heart and forgive them for their transgressions against me as Jesus taught me. I choose to exercise compassion with all that I meet.
  • Compassion is a way of life for me. I strive to be more compassionate with each new day and every new experience.
  • I find it easier and easier to allow kindness and consideration into my life. Compassion is simply a part of who I am; I feel it and live it.
  • When I feel challenged in my ability to be compassionate, I remind myself of how important compassion is to me. I remember that being compassionate to others is also the best thing for me. I benefit as well when I am kind and sensitive to others.
  • Compassion is an important part of unconditional love. I use empathy and kindness to help uplift those I love and bring them more self-confidence and joy.
  • Today is the day I show the world just how compassionate I can be and be the light of Christ wherever I go. It is evident to everyone through my words and actions that being compassionate is a way of life for me and that I follow Jesus.
  • Jesus' compassion is my guiding principle and using it daily is the only acceptable way for me to live.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1.    What are some ways I was compassionate today?
2.    How can I be even more compassionate tomorrow?
3.    How does being compassionate benefit me?


Happy Reflecting!

Michelle 
"Obtain Your Prize"