March 8, 2018: Empathy

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This week has been quite a week! It’s been a week full of constant reminders about how diverse the relationships I have in my life, work and ministry are. These diverse relationships are important. How I live into these relationships matters. The ever-widening ‘Us vs. Them’ mentality we seem to be experiencing in our society can make relationships even more challenging. It is my prayer that I might continue by the grace of God through the work of the Holy Spirit to continue to be transformed, to have the eyes of Christ. That I might grow in my empathy for others like Jesus modeled.

I would encourage you to watch this quick 2-minute video on the difference between Empathy and Sympathy that Brené Brown made:

And then consider these questions:

  • How might God be calling you to have Empathy for neighbor, friend, spouse or child?
  • Who are you willing to climb into the pit with?
    Family, Friends, neighbor, or criminal, enemy, etc.

At the end of the video, Brené Brown says, …”Rarely can a response (trying to make someone feel better) make things better, but what makes something better is connection.”

How have you seen this truth in your own relationships?

How are you making connections? How are you intentionally fostering connection?

I look forward to seeing you in worship as we continue to look at the Gospel of Mark and the encounters of Jesus, in our current series: THIS IS jesUS.

See you in Worship,

Rodney WhitfieldRodney Whitfield
Lead Pastor