A life of compassion begins with seeing. But seeing isn’t compassion.
Seeing forces choice.
- See and be moved vs. see and be unmoved.
Jesus saw the distressed people and was moved to provide. Matthew 9:36
- See and open your heart vs. see and close your heart.
The Good Samaritan saw the half dead man and went to him. In sharp contrast, the priest and the Levite also saw the half dead man but they chose to pass by on the other side. Luke 10:32-34
- See and run toward vs. see and run from.
The father of the prodigal son saw him and ran to him. But the brother of the prodigal son was not willing to go to the house and join the celebration. Luke 15:25-28
Once we see, we are forced to choose. We can open our hearts or we can close our hearts. But choose, we will. Choose wisely today. Ignoring what we see is a choice in and of itself.