In Jill Duffield’s book, Lent in Plain Sight: A Devotion through Ten Objects, there is a reminder that in order to have the mind of Christ Jesus we must “memorize Jesus’ life and emulate it” (53). Duffield acknowledges that the task is difficult, yet she offers a question to guide our living in difficult moments: “What do compassion and sympathy look like right now?” (53). It is a probing and sobering question. How many times have you been frustrated or angry about a situation? Perhaps someone pulled out in front of you on the road. Maybe you have gotten into a disagreement or moment of frustration with your family. Or you must speak with someone that you vehemently disagree with their actions and words. In those times, we need to have the mind of Christ like no other. To ask ourselves that question: “What do compassion and sympathy look like right now?” (53). Think about how much would happen in our world on a daily basis if we all took the time to ask that question. The simple act of thinking about our emotions helps us to channel those more difficult feelings in a much better way. It allows us to remember that each person is a child of God.
I appreciate Jill Duffield’s thoughts about putting on the mind of Christ. I invite you to consider her words as well. What does it mean for you in your life? How can you make a positive change in a relationship or situation to show the light of Christ better and more fully?
Source: Jill Duffield, Lent in Plain Sight: A Devotion through Ten Objects. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2020.