Empathy: stepping into another’s shoes

We’re doing something a little different this week.

This week, there’s only one post, but there are multiple sites to check out. The first two are invitations to practice empathy– to listen to (or in this case, read) someone else’s story and try to imagine what life is like for them. Empathy opens up the doors of compassion, understanding, true fellowship, and community. Empathy resists the urge to jump to conclusions, to turn to fear, and to segregate. Empathy takes a lot of work, but it’s our calling as Christ followers.

First, Erin Thomas shares her experience as a Church goer with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Second, Keri Anguiano reflects on what it feels like to do everything “right” and “responsible” in life and still end up in line for social assistance.
If you want to read more stories, check out the site People of the Second Chance.

How, besides trying, can you get better at empathy? Try reading more. Justin Zoradi explains in his post, “Want to Do Meaningful Work? Keep Reading. Literally.”

 

This post was created for adults and teens and encourages the cultivation of empathy in relationships, community, and attitudes.

Photo by practicalowl. Used with permission. Sourced through Flickr.

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