Teen Compassion Challenge

Posted on: November 30th, 2011 in Compassion - No Comments

In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise– in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? (Psalm 56:10-11)

On September 11, a man named Todd Beamer boarded flight 93. The majority of people in America had never heard this name before, but after that day his notoriety has grown considerably. Did he write a hit pop single? Did he produce a groundbreaking video? Did he write an amazing best seller? Actually, Todd Beamer did none of these things, but his actions far surpassed all musician, producer, and author’s works combined.

Are You a Caring Person?

Posted on: November 30th, 2011 in Compassion - No Comments

In John 13:34-35, Jesus gives a commandment for us to love others as He has loved us.

Take this self-evaluation and decide for yourself by answering
TRUE or FALSE:

  • I am never mean, cruel or insensitive.
  • I treat people with kindness and generosity.
  • I am charitable.
  • I give of myself for the benefit of others.
  • I am responsive to the concerns and needs of others.

I conclude that I am / am not a caring person because: _______________________.

Giving: The Heart of Compassion

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The Christmas season is here — with sparkling lights, glittering trees, and magical store displays.  But as we look beyond the external, the research on adolescent development tells us something very important about what happens in teen’s internal worlds.  It’s a season that shapes their lifelong identities about giving.  What are you doing this year to help children and teens internalize the gift of giving?

Of course, many teens associate Christmas with being receivers of gifts. But according to studies in human development, it is the giving of gifts that reaps the biggest psychological rewards.  Parents can help teens realize these rewards by teaching them how to give back during the Christmas season and throughout the year. There are many ways to give back, including through the excellent projects listed below.

The First of the Critical Areas

Posted on: October 14th, 2011 in Compassion - No Comments

Compassion, unlike confidence and competence, is the first of the critical areas of growth that extends beyond the boundaries of self and acknowledges the importance of others.  When you experience compassion for others – whether family members, friends, teachers, coaches, mentors, and people in the community, you contribute to their well-being as well as having your own well-being enhanced.