“Look at this, Cam!” I said excitedly to my husband and stood before him standing only on my left foot. He looked a little confused, waiting for something spectacular to happen after I’d interrupted his reading to get his attention.
Realisation finally dawned. “Well done honey,” he said casually. Clearly not as excited as I was.
Standing on one foot is not such a great feat for most people but since I broke my ankle 22 weeks ago, I have not been able to stand solely on that one foot. Finally, after 6 weeks of non-weight bearing, 8 weeks of partial weight bearing and 16 weeks of physiotherapy I can stand on one foot. I still have a little further to go, but it’s an exciting accomplishment none the less.
We are not all excited about the same things. And a major accomplishment for one person is not always significant for another. But empathy means we rejoice with that person as we notice their excitement.
Jesus had an incredible way of putting Himself in other people’s shoes. He had empathy and compassion for everyone He met, particularly for those who had often been forgotten and left out.
We may not feel the same as someone else but we can work towards understanding how others feel and helping them process their emotions, whether joyful or grieving.
Lord, help me to have greater empathy for others. Open my eyes to other people’s feelings and help me to have compassion towards them. Amen.
Who can you show greater empathy for?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.