“Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of my siblings, you did for me.”

Matthew 25:40  

Notes for Contemplation as You Use this Devotional:

  • This passage by the Gospel Writer called Matthew is from the “Parable of the Sheep and the Goats.”  To understand it better, remember that Jesus teaches his followers how to live a compassionate life.
  • When Jesus speaks of siblings, sisters and brothers, he means all of God’s children, even those who do not look like us, love like us, live like us, or think like us.

Contemplation Questions:

Ask yourself:

  • When I reflect on Jesus’s wisdom, what does being compassionate mean to me?
  • When I reflect on any teams, groups, or committees I am part of:
    • How do I define teamwork?  
    • What is my role on the team?
    • What does it mean to me to be a team player?
  • When in my life have I needed support, care, encouragement, and/or compassion?
    • Note the situation(s) without judgment.  Remember that you were doing the best you could, and now you can do things differently.
    • Describe how you were treated, especially noting what felt most comforting and reassuring as you moved from surviving to thriving.
  • When I think about the people in my life now, who needs me to be a compassionate presence on their team by offering support, care, or encouragement?
    • List at least one (1) person.
  • List at least one (1) thing you are willing to do to help them.
  • How am I remembering to give myself the same kind of compassion I give others?
    • List as much as applies.

Take all the time you need with this devotional to reflect on your team role(s), your life, and the lives of others you know.  Continue using it to specifically note the ripple effects of compassion you see among your teammates, and within your family and community.

© 2021 – Rev. Jennifer L. Sacks – All rights reserved.

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