Mis-directed Compassion

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. ~ James 1:27

I was on facebook recently, and was watching a conversation among some of my friends. It went something like this:

“Saw a great episode of (*a famous soap* – I don’t watch soaps, and am not “endorsing” them) today.”

“Yeah, an emotional rollercoaster – a lot like real life”

“Yeah, real-life is just like this.”

Okay, it really got me to thinking.  How can we get emotionally invested in a work of fiction?

There are many tragedies in real life. So many people that truly deserve our compassion, that could be encouraged by our investing time in their lives. So, I got to wondering what the world would look like if the women (I know men watch soaps, too – but I’m just addressing women right now) (millions) who tune in to soaps on a daily basis would spend that time ministering to those who are hurting in real life.

Although it’s “safer” to invest your time and emotions in someone who won’t reject you, or misuse you, what are the eternal benefits….zip…zilch…zero.

The eternal benefits of ministry to the real hurting – now that costs – time, love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, humble servanthood, self-less giving, possible rejection…..it costs a LOT! – BUT – the eternal benefits – only God can measure.

So, ladies, if you dedicate the time that you would normally be watching your “soaps” for the day – to ministering to hurting people around you – what an impact you could make!

So, what are you doing with the time you have…..NOTHING matters but eternity – whose have you changed today?

Did you change it for good or bad?

Just a challenge – just a thought!



  1. A great word sister Bess for women tandem. We waste so much time when the Kingdom of God is drawing near. It is closer today than ever.

  2. That should read and men not tandem…my spell check is fritzing.

    • bessfisher Said:

      Don’t you just love spellcheck 🙂 ?
      I agree, we all need to be about the King’s business – ministering to and reaching the hurting!

      Thanks so much for your encouragement, brother Joseph!

  3. Andrea Said:

    the Bible says that we must redeem the time for the days are evil – what are WE doing or saying?

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