Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, June 4th, 2011
He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His loving kindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:10-13 (NAS)
I used to think compassion meant love.

Broadly, it does. But specifically, compassion is 'a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering' (Random House Dictionary). Even when we bring misfortune upon ourselves through bad choices, God still has immeasurable compassion for us.

How can actors and artists show compassion?

You can show it by cheering on a performer who feels rejected. By mentoring someone just beginning in the business. By forgiving a competitor or agent who hurts you. By helping someone nervous rehearse his lines. By allowing another actor to upstage you on purpose. By remembering your true role.

After all, the real star is Jesus. We are simply ushers, assistants, stage hands, or stand-ins. The Director of the whole show is God. He has compassion on us, even when we get lazy, turn up late, forget our lines, or get a big head and try to steal the show. If we ask Him, He forgives all our blunders and keeps us on His stage.

Many Christians consider God as the Director but forget He's also the Janitor. God doesn't just cover up our sins with the perfect Blood of Jesus--He 'removes' them to a recycling center in Heaven. Then He chooses to forget all about them and puts us in the spotlight of His love.

How can we do less for our fellow performers?

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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