The man led the boy to the backroom where the puppies were kept. A dozen hyper little balls of fur greeted them as they walked in. The boy smiled as he looked around, but his eyes lit up at the sight of one little puppy in particular. “Oh, sir,” he exclaimed, “I’d love to have that one with the gimpy leg over there! Please, I’ll give you the money I have now and I can pay you the rest later.”
The man looked at him for a moment and said, “But son, that one will not be able to run and play with you. He can’t get around very well. Why don’t you choose one of these other puppies? You will have much more fun with one of them.”
“Oh, no, sir,” said the boy as he rolled up his pant leg to reveal a heavy metal brace, “you see, I wouldn’t be able to run and play with the other pups. I can’t get around very well either. This puppy wouldn’t have a very happy life without someone who understands. I want to help this one.”*
Compassion means feeling sympathy for anyone in distress. That can mean helping someone stranded on the side of the road, or just being there for someone and listening. It is important to have compassion because you never know when you yourself may be in need of it. So if you find someone stranded on the side of the road, try to put yourself in their shoes. Wouldn’t you want someone to stop and help you out?
Compassion means letting people know you care. Everyone has problems, and they’re not always the same as yours. That is no reason to treat them differently. You do not always understand, but you can still have compassion and be there for them. Let someone know you care. You never know when you might need them.
You will not regret having compassion or acting on it. Not only does it have a tremendous effect on the person receiving, but it will affect you as well. Think how much better the world would be if we all had compassion for one another.
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not” (Lamentations 3:22, KJV).
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