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Empathy for Others

Senior Pastor Bill Hayden
Date Published: 
Sunday, October 21, 2018

     Every day we are observing, perceiving and making decisions based on our perceptions of events, rather than wisdom. When you were a youth, a decision was influenced by emotions and peer pressure, as opposed to understanding. If you perceive something is a certain way, the tendency is to look for others who will support your views whether they are accurate or not.

     In the mid-eighties when I worked in Human Relations with the responsibility for managing Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance, Hiring, Training, and Development. I became exposed to so many different ethnicities and cultures that enhanced my view and broadened my understanding of people. Working in Human Relations taught me a lot about people from all over the globe. 

     The workshops that I developed and conducted for management training allowed me to be creative in bridging the gap among different ethnic groups. I never thought that my wonderment of people groups would afford me the opportunity to pass my learning and wisdom gained onto others. In the workshops, I would intentionally assign the participants to different ethnic groups to bridge the gap between people. In the role-playing, I would ask them the question, “What is it like to be a person of this group?” and then ask another person from that particular group to respond. This exercise made some people very nervous and uncomfortable. They confessed that they had based their decisions on other people’s opinions. 

      It was very encouraging doing the week’s workshop to witness the participant's transformation. The results were so compelling that I developed a team and went to other organizations outside the company.  

     The next time, before you jump to conclusions about someone, put yourself in their shoes and then speak. I Corinthians 13:11 NKJV “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

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