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Challenge Accepted: Taking Steps to Learn Compassion as a Family

One of the things many parents desire for their children is that they are compassionate. And some of our kids are compassionate…sometimes? Most times? Occasionally? And while it can feel like a difficult attribute to instil in some children, it can also be considered a muscle that needs to be worked on and strengthened. When we consider compassion within the family, it can be difficult to find ways to learn compassion together. In the hustle and bustle of life, sometimes there just isn’t the time. 

That being said, in an idea called The Matthew 25 Challenge, World Vision has found a new way to resource us in a very practical way. A way that is so simple, it invites us to participate in one family friendly challenge each day for a week through texting our phones. First, The Matthew 25 Challenge is referencing Matthew 25:31-46. Take some time to read through the passage.  You may be familiar with the part reads, “For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.” 

The challenge invites us together, as a family, to attempt to show compassion for, relate to, and suffer with those who are presently suffering.  It takes our minds out of our own day-to-day by encouraging us to consider those who are forced to live with little-to-no comforts. Each day of the challenge introduces us to people living a different reality and provides new opportunities to empathize and pray. 

All of that being said, I’ll be honest: my family has decided to commit together to try this challenge for the week, however, there are certain challenges that we cannot do as a result of some health reasons. Regardless, we are excited to participate in the challenge and offer this challenge to you and your family with hope that you’ll join our church family as we attempt this together. Whatever our attempts may be, let’s move ourselves out of our regular headspace and invite the Holy Spirit in as we consider those whose lives are much different than our own. 

For daily prompts, questions to talk about with your children, and ways to pray, text “TMH” to 807-787-4625, or for more information, go to: https://churches.worldvision.ca/matthew25/

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