Grade C

compassion Joan Winifred

Getting top grades: A bunch of  “A”‘s…can lead to arrogance (for some). Why are grades (numbers/measurements/marks/scores, etc.) so important to some or hold so much weight? Should society value E…(not talking elite or expert or ego)…e for effort — “your” individual best vs. “A” for achievement/performance/test results and in comparison to Others?

Motivation/reward play a crucial role, huh? (personally, i don’t want my kids believing the garbage-mind-food being force-fed by media, society, governments, religions, schools, etc…regarding a lot of things including success/competition and grades/power–e.g., being on top and doing whatever it takes to get there and stay there…no matter who you hurt and no matter why.)

Is being Top Dog…all that necessary for REAL success?! (Being the under dog is an interesting vantage point–you’re sorta looking UP! (positive) and not looking down (negative?) you keep working at it)… It appears like many endeavors/pursuits in life…basically feed some need and of worth: i.e. who is the greatest/smartest, prettiest, etc. among us. Why can’t everyone be great?? Why can’t everyone be small?? Why can’t everyone be significant or insignificant?? Everybody smart, pretty…When it comes to the game/classroom life…i’m happy with my grade c…when it comes to compassion–EVERYBODY WINS!:)

And in my experience, sadly, without compassion–everybody loses (or is treated like a loser). Yet, it’s not about winning or losing…it’s about taking your next breath and surviving and staying alive and not destroying yourself or anybody/anything else (in the process)…and how you play the game; of course. (Hopefully, living/gaming in a kind, loving-cooperative manner…and not violently-competitively-cut-throat.)

We’ve all seen Olympians despair over not getting gold…the only competition i find personally beneficial is competing against a worthy opponent…and the only worthy opponent any of us have…is “ourselves” meaning…(i’ll get to that later on IF You keep reading). Though, do believe in the importance of positive role models (from which we learn and emulate good qualities), but not competitive comparisons.

What helps me in my game (of life) and to get the grade…yeah, i’ll admit it, i like getting my A’s–ancient “applied” wisdom. Did You know? (an excerpt from article: A Book to Be Understood)

“By all measures, the Bible is a very old book. How old is it? The writing of the Bible began in the Middle East some 3,500 years ago. By comparison, that was during the time of the mighty Shang dynasty of China and about ten centuries before Buddhism started in India.”

Wise words about competition:

“You must love your neighbor as yourself.” If, though, you keep on biting and devouring one another, look out that you do not get annihilated by one another.”

“Let us not become egotistical, stirring up competition with one another, envying one another.”

“On the other hand, the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (excerpts Galatians 5)

i LOVE this verse:

“Let each one prove what his own work is, and then he will have cause for exultation in regard to himself alone, and not in comparison with the other person.”—Galatians 6:4

another “valued” verse:

“Do not be overly righteous, nor show yourself excessively wise. Why should you bring ruin to yourself?” (Eccl. 7:16)

enJOYed this article and points…”Do You Measure Yourself Against Others?” w05

“Rivalry is inappropriate. “Love is envy’s great enemy,” says sociologist Francesco Alberoni. “If we love someone, we want what is good for him, and we are happy when he is successful and happy.”

 “Many who strive to come off “winners” in comparisons display a competitive spirit. They want to be better than others, and they are not content until they feel that they are. It is not pleasant to be around such individuals. Friendships with them are strained, relationships tense. Not only do such people lack humility but they usually fail to apply the Bible’s counsel about loving their fellowman, since their attitude can easily arouse in others feelings of inferiority and humiliation.—Matthew 18:1-5; John 13:34, 35.”

“Making people feel that they are “losers” injures them in a sense. According to one writer, “our failures are all the more painful when it appears that people who are in the same situation as we are have procured the possessions that we want.” A competitive spirit thus provokes envy, resentment, and displeasure toward someone because of his belongings, prosperity, position, reputation, advantages, and so on. This leads to more competition—a vicious circle. The Bible condemns “stirring up competition.” (Gal. 5:26)

How much weight can a healthy body hold/carry and without bodily damage?! We all have our individual bodily limits…so, how much weight can a mind carry and without damage?!…i.e. weight of: worry, guilt, envy, ego, competition, pride, failure…too much of a “burden” to bear (i’d say).

Here’s… Stuff from Insight on Scriptures book Vol. 1 on: “burdens” responsibilities and relationship w/Creator…

“Paul wrote to the Galatians: “Go on carrying the burdens [or, “troublesome things”; literally, “heavy things”] of one another, and thus fulfill the law of the Christ.” (Ga 6:2, ftn) {(btw: law of Christ is the law of (Agape) Love.)} Here for “burdensthe apostle used baʹre, the plural form of baʹros, a Greek word always used to denote something burdensome or heavy.”

“For each one will carry his own load,” that is, his load of responsibility. For “load” Paul here used the Greek word phor·tiʹon, signifying something that is to be borne or carried, without any reference to the weight of the thing. So he drew a distinction between “burdens” and “load” in these verses. This would indicate that if a Christian got into spiritual difficulty that was very hard for him to bear, fellow believers would aid him, thus helping to bear another’s burden. Such persons would be displaying love and would thus fulfill the law of Christ. (Joh 13:34, 35) This harmonizes with what Paul had just said, as recorded in Gal 6:1, about endeavoring to restore a man spiritually, something that may be possible through love, kindness, and prayer. (Compare Jas 5:13-16) Yet, as the apostle proceeded to show, bearing the burdens of one another does not mean carrying another person’s load of spiritual responsibility to God. In the same context, Paul makes clear that a person is deceiving his own mind if he thinks that he is something when he is nothing, and the apostle urged the Christian to “prove what his own work is,” for “then he will have cause for exultation in regard to himself alone, and not in comparison with the other person.” (Ga 6:3, 4; compare 2 Co 10:12.) It was then that the apostle observed that “each one will carry his own load” of responsibility before the Supreme Judge, Jehovah God.”

obviously, i am definitely NOT! the supreme Judge of the Universe -lol not by any means…yet, i do realize many of us are burdened by heavy things/weights we cannot bear alone. When we truly put on/wear compassion in/outside…we readily help Others (to) carry…on!!:)

PEACE to YOU (lifters/carriers/burden bearers)…always!:)

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  1. joan w Post author

    Who/what can bear the weight of all things?!
    LOVE!…”bears all things and cannot fail.”

    wanna be fearless?(or not controlled by fear)…cultivate love: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts fear out, because fear restrains us, indeed, the one who is fearful has not been made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:19)

    (published 9/13/15 @ 4:17 a.m.)

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