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My Little Boy Taught Me How to Love My Neighbor

“Maybe all men got one big soul ever’body’s a part of.”- Jim Casy, The Grapes of WrathMy son loves LEGOs. He’s been building things as long as either of us can remember. At least once a month, his grandma takes him to the LEGO store at the mall downtown, and he gets to build with […]

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Jesus was a master at practicing empathy. Here’s why.

I was a pastor when my world fell apart. Lying in an ICU hospital bed, looking up at the ceiling, numb from the waist down, it seemed pretty clear to me that I only had a couple of choices: get out of the hospital and figure out how to heal, or leave the hospital, and […]

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Why Empathy Matters to the Little Girl with No Daddy

“If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” – Atticus Finch in To Kill a MockingbirdYesterday, my daughter […]

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6 Tips for Practicing More Empathy and Compassion

Teach Yourself to be More Understanding and EmpatheticWhat is empathy?Empathy is the concern for the welfare of others. It’s the ability to detect or predict the emotions and thoughts of others. It’s easy to see why this would be a handy skill to master.Empathy has an impact on your relationships. This is true for both […]

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In a World Full of Fear, We Desperately Need Compassion

Grace Can Be Heard in Any LanguageI finished teaching my weekly sign language class and felt my nerves subside. I’d been sick over this class, in particular, all day. Those who know me personally would find that odd, considering I’m a very outgoing person, entirely comfortable in front of a crowd, and I’ve taught classes […]

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