A life of compassion is not one that is marked by saying yes to everything, but it says yes to way more than a life not trying to live like Jesus has called us.
Its amazing how much you can do and what you can offer when you commit to it. When you choose too.
A lot of us really honestly want to help. We want to give and want to be involved.
But we miss the chance. It presents itself and we start to process and think about all the reasons why it’d be too hard and talk ourselves out of it.
I have a buddy named Phil. He is arguably the busiest person I know. The man is a farmer and can without exaggeration work 70-80 hour weeks. In 6 days no less because his boss, a great man of God, shuts the operation down for rest on Sunday. They have to squeeze 7 days of farming into 6.
If anyone has an excuse to be busy and not say yes its Phil.
Phil always says yes.
He showed up at my place around 8pm the Friday of the weekend we were moving. He’d been out working all day and was going back out the next morning. But he help me move our GIANT outrageously heavy fridge to our new house in the rain. I think he got home at midnight.
But that’s Phil.
Compassionate living just pours out of him.
And if you ask people who know Phil no one will be surprised. Everyone who knows him knows him as one of the most generous people they’ve ever met.
His answer is yes.
That’s the kind of person I want to be. I want to be like Phil. I want people to know they can count on me. I want people to know that I will love them with my actions not just my words.
That my busy life isn’t’ more important than my relationships, my friends and family.
I want people to know that if they need me I’m there.
It isn’t about saying yes every time. I’m sure Phil has said no, I just can’t remember it because Phil is a consistent person who consistent answer is yes. It’s who he is. He gives of himself and his time and his resources and he does it by saying yes.
I want to be more like Phil and lucky for me I’ve got a head start since we already share a name.