Aug. 22, 2017

Heart Condition

 

“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” Matthew 24:12

I was born in 1958.  We only had three TV channels and the news didn’t play until later in the evening in hopes of reaching a more mature audience.  Kids were not bombarded with news constantly. Parents weren’t obsessed with the news continually. Families were families.

The world changed. Yea, I know – brilliant statement. Change is hard and some change isn’t necessarily good. The opposite holds true at times – all change is not bad. We are such black and white thinkers (literally). We think it is either wrong or it is right. Change must be bad if it forces us to reexamine what we think we know or what we’ve been raised to believe.

Most of us have no interest in change or in any form of self-examination. It’s easier to believe what we were taught is right and what is coming out now is wrong.

I want to remain a person with a moldable heart. I want God to teach me new things every day. I want God to help me see the world through His eyes and the news through the eyes of others.

We show empathy when we’re able to say, “I know how you feel” and really mean it. Black and white thinking doesn’t work in the place of empathy. When we are black, we can’t think white – and vice versa.

Sympathy is when we are willing to say, “I’m sorry you were hurt.” Sympathy doesn’t have to necessarily know the exact feelings and really doesn’t have to agree with the feelings. Yet, sympathy allows us to see the world from the eyes of the broken hearted.

Apathy is an “I-don’t-care-attitude” and apathy is running rampant in our country. So, if you get mad at me for trying to voice, share, or relay the other side of the story – understand that I have a sympathetic heart and hope it never waxes cold.

Hard heads typically encourage cold hearts.