“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors,” said Tia Walker. Walker is the author of “The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love.” It’s not just that Walker wrote a good book! Some people may doubt this, but the Bible mentions our responsibility to the elderly more than five times.
Leviticus 19:32 says, “You shall rise up before the grayheaded and honor the aged, and you shall revere your God; I am the LORD.” This scripture has special meaning to me; so, I cherish the elderly. Consequently, I always look for ways to help them. I have sponsored an “Adopt A Senior Week” at my church, and I look for ways to help strangers.
Although some elderly people have had difficulty accepting my kindness, I have paid for their groceries and more. The McDonald’s staff had to convince a lady to let me pay for her coffee. Despite my best efforts, some elderly people have refused to accept help from a stranger. I can understand that; so, it has not discouraged me.
When I was at a local store last week, a senior citizen was struggling to walk. I was at the register, but allowed him to go ahead of me. As he was walking out of the store, he looked like he would fall. I left my cart to escort him to his vehicle. As tears rolled down his face, he told me that he had a broken hip! I am grateful that I was moved with compassion, like Jesus.
This motivated one of the workers to help me with him. When I read the reactions that some people had about a homeless mother recently, I was saddened. Some people simply don’t understand or choose to ignore that we need to help others. Most of you only need someone to encourage you to keep up the great work! Let me help everyone.
Here are three reasons to show compassion:
1. We are instructed to do it! I Timothy 5:1-2 says, “Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.”
2. It is beneficial to you and the recipient. Researchers have found that showing compassion to others is as rewarding as personal gratification.
3. It will help the world become a better place! I am convinced that society would change if more people would obey Luke 6:31: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
What are you doing to show compassion? Please comment.