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Help A Friend
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Are you trying to help someone with a problem? Developing certain qualities in your relationship will enable you to help your friend more effectively. We will be looking at some of those traits this week. One of these qualities is called empathy.

There is a difference between empathy and sympathy. With accurate empathy we can correctly perceive the feelings of another person without being captured by that person's emotions. If we sympathize, we may actually feel what our friend feels, preventing us from being objective in a helping relationship since we are likely to be caught up in our hurting friend's emotions. The focus may become pity and prevent healing. Compassion and understanding assist the helper in perceiving the other person's feelings and experiences accurately.

Consider this …

The key to accurate empathy is understanding the pain while remaining in a neutral position. As a helper, set your goal to feel with the hurting person instead of feeling what the individual feels.

Even if you've never experienced the same hurts as your friend, with accurate empathy you can help. A helping relationship starts with the development of empathy.

-Living Free.org

1 year ago

Pray that you are better, Dianne~ 

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    "'Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?'" John 6:9




    Remember the heartwarming story of how Jesus took the loaves, broke them, multiplied the fish and gave everybody lo...ts to eat with lots left over? Jesus even said, "Let nothing be wasted." They gathered baskets full of bread so nothing would be thrown away.



    I think about that story when I watch a Christian go through tough times yet hang on to God's grace. Maybe you're one of them. Day-to-day heartache is your routine and problems seem to have a permanent place in God's plan for you. Yet you're faithful -- or should I say, you hold onto God's faithfulness. What God is doing with you is like what He did with the barley loaves and fish. Jesus broke the bread. And out of the brokenness He multiplied the blessing so that thousands would be nourished.



    Yes, it hurts to be broken. But sometimes that's part of His plan, especially if He wants to use you to feed others. It's a way your faithfulness can be multiplied. Out of your brokenness, the blessing can be bestowed on more than you ever dreamed possible. And here's the thing: If you've been broken by the hand of God, you can be certain nothing will be wasted. God will gather up and use all the hurt; not a bit of it will be discarded or cast aside.

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    That little boy with the small loaves and fish must have been amazed to watch Jesus do such marvelous things through his little lunch. Be sure that God knows what little you have to offer. Is it a bit of obedience? God will multiply it. Is it a weak prayer? A small word of testimony? A feeble effort to encourage others in their pain? I promise you (no, He promises you) that He will expand your offering. It will not be wasted. 
    -Joni Earkeson Tada


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