Being confident in ourselves and in what we have, opens us up to seeing others more clearly and responding with compassion. An absence of confidence can see us developing a fortress mentality where we are reactive and fighting to gain things for ourselves. Building habits of proactivity where we slow our reactive brains down by breathing and recognising the abundance we have in our lives opens us up to be compassionate. We gain perspective. By breathing deeply before responding we can put ourselves in another person’s shoes, reflect on how that person might be feeling, respond to their needs and build relationships and people in the process.
God invites us to slow our minds down to recognise the blessings we have in our lives and to trust that God will provide for our daily needs. An enduring memory I have is travelling through Uganda in the mid 1990’s and experiencing the joy and generosity of the Ugandan people who by Western standards had nothing. God loves us unconditionally. He invites us to have confidence in His gifts to us, to share His love and to be compassionate.