The second prompt for the Kindness Challenge 2017 is Self-Compassion.
For Mother’s Day I went to the church service at my son and daughter-in-law’s place of worship. We were a group of eight so getting ready in the morning and getting out the door was a bit of a challenge. My son was ready before all of us and just smiled and said “It’s an exercise in patience.” When we arrived for the service, we were late and had to tip-toe in during the Mother’s Day sermon. It was a sermon on ‘Patience’. 😀 As we made our way to our seats, the pastor was saying “And if we find ourselves always arriving late, we need to have patience with ourselves.” It really gave us all a laugh! 😀 It helped to give us ‘self-compassion’ and lightened up the moment.
What I took away from that sermon was the message on a photo on the huge overhead screen. The pastor was sharing the story of what was written on Ruth Bell Graham’s tombstone. It was a message of Self-Compassion and Humility. It was a reminder that we’re all ‘under construction’ in this life.
“End of Construction – Thank you for your patience.”
Ruth Bell Graham
I remember a time when things were particularly stressful in my life and I felt I wasn’t measuring up to my expectations for myself. I was being my own worst critic and definitely much too hard on myself. Then I read the quote below in a book I was reading for inspiration. It was such a kind and compassionate image of God being there with us through it all.
“Please be patient. God isn’t finished with me yet….”
~ Chinese Symbol sketch by Mary Lou ~