Almost anyone’s list of “People Who Have Influenced My Life” includes at least one teacher. What kind of teachers are these?—The kind who use their talents to help develop their students’ talents, the kind who strive to shape not just the mind but the heart. For me, it was a teacher we students came to affectionately call Auntie Marina.
At the time, my family was living in Japan, where my parents were involved in administrative work for our international Christian fellowship. Auntie Marina was my first- and second-grade teacher.
Life’s many problems and worrieshave pulled you away from Me. Your self-doubt and fear of failure have weakened your faith that I hear your prayers and am concerned and want to help you. But I’m telling you now that these doubts and the discouragement and depression they lead to are not from Me. They are straight from the enemy of your soul, the Devil. He wants to beat you down and destroy your happiness, but I want to rescue you and lift you up and make you happier than you ever dreamed possible. I want to give you a new start.
If we have real love, we won’t face a needy situation without doing something about it. We won’t just pass by the poor man on the road to Jericho. We will take action like the Samaritan did.
Many people today, when faced with the suffering of others, say, “Oh, I’m so sorry, how sad!” But compassion must be put into action. That’s the difference between pity and compassion: Pity just feels sorry; compassion does something about it.