Three Ways to Show Compassion in Life

Three Ways to Show Compassion in Life

The following article on compassion was written by 12 year old Drew Knuppel for his 6th grade class project at Faith Christian Academy. Enjoy!

Compassion is a huge quality being a Christian. Everyone needs to have compassion towards people they meet. The definition of compassion is a feeling of great sympathy for someone else who is going through something hard in their life. So, if someone is ever having a rough day, as a Christian, you should do what Jesus would do and help them in their time of need. You can show compassion through helping others in financial need, by encouraging others who are struggling emotionally, and by helping people with medical problems.

Showing compassion financially is a great way to help others who are going through poverty, or loss of a job. It’s more than giving money away to charity. It means to help people that really need the money for food, water, or shelter in your own way. The next time you see someone that is homeless on the side of the road, maybe see if they need any help or give them some money- even a bag of food would be awesome to give. Take the opportunities God gives you and don’t take them for granted. You can help people with financial issues by doing fundraisers like a lemonade stand or a car wash, if you don’t have the money right out of your pocket. Another way is to pray for it through Jesus. Praying to Jesus for someone else in need is showing compassion also. He will somehow find a way to help get the money to whoever needs it.

People who struggle emotionally need encouragement. This would be a great way to show compassion. If someone is having a rough day at school, and they are maybe being bullied, you could offer to help them and talk to whoever the bully is. You could also offer to pray with them, and maybe that would cheer them up. Another situation would be if someone has had a loved one pass away lately. You could offer to cook dinner for them and then maybe give them a “We’re sorry for your loss card.” Also, if someone has been persevering through something, you can give them encouragement with helpful suggestions and prayer. Emotional struggles can be helped with compassion from others.

People who are terminally ill can really feel special when people show compassion towards them. For example, if a person has lost any of their body parts in a tragedy, you could offer to help raise money towards buying them a mechanical body part of some kind to help them recover. Another would be trying to take part in any opportunities you have to help the cure of cancer. You could start by participating in a St. Jude event. Cancer is a big issue in our world today, and showing compassion to that cause would be terrific. People that have been hospitalized for a while definitely need encouragement. Maybe after school once in awhile you could visit the young hospital patients and give them “Get well” cards, and pray for them. Jesus will take care of them, and you have to make sure the patients know that. Encourage them that they should live each day as if it is their last if it is a life-threatening case.

Being compassionate, isn’t all about giving money and things to people. It’s more! It’s sometimes the little things that give the most compassion to one another. Just a pat on the back or even a “You got this” to whoever needs it is the best way to show compassion. As a Christian, I know that Jesus would give compassion to everyone, and therefore that’s what we should do.

This Could Be Your JFL Kid Next Year?

Most of you know that I am already leary of my kids playing Youth JFL football. Just seems like a concussion or injury waiting to happen. Watch this massive running back just TRUCK this smaller defender! This can’t be good for the kids brain waves!

Luckily in the Morton JFL league you can’t run the ball if you are “that big”. But it must be happening somewhere.

2012-13 Morton Basketball Schedules

I’m sick and tired of not being able to find these schedules.  It’s like torture going through whatever system Morton HS is using to find the schedule I want.  So, below are the 2012-13 Morton Varsity Boys, 2012-13 Morton Varsity Girls and 2012-13 Morton Freshman Girls basketball schedules:

Obviously I won’t be editing this if things change.  So if you really want to verify Morton high school keeps their sports schedules here.
Update – you can also watch Morton games or listen in here.


Drew’s 2012 JFL Awards Banquet

Last night was the 2012 JFL Awards banquet. Drew and his “squirt red” team all gathered together with the rest of the Morton tackle football teams for a fun awards night. This was our first one of these (being this is Drew’s first year of tackle). It was a lot of fun. The team really seemed to enjoy it and each of them got a small trophy. At that age – trophy’s still rock! Here are a couple pictures from the event.

Sarah Opened Up an “Arts” Academy in Morton, IL

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything on my personal blog. But todays the day 🙂 Today I wanted to talk about my wifes new business – Inspired Arts Academy.

Sarah opened up a new business here in our hometown, Morton Illinois, earlier this year (2012). Inspired Arts offers dance classes, art classes, theatre classes, music classes, spanish, after school clubs, themed birthday parties and more. These programs are for PreK to 8th grade students. It’s been quite the challenge and adventure to say the least.

So we bought a place right downtown Morton that couldn’t be more perfect. Great location. Great space. Good “curb appeal”. A little pricey – but whats new right? We did some mass renovations on the place, put in some walls, painted, put in dance floor and mirrors, and so on… It’s lookin good!

She has now had 2-3 sessions and the response has been great. I think she is up to 250+ total clients between the sessions. I couldn’t imagine it growing this fast but it has. She does a great job running the business and teaching the dance classes. She has a few teachers helping with art and theatre but the rest is her.

So what has been my role? Of course – the IAA website is mine to deal with 🙂 And a lot of the financial things. I guess I call myself the unpaid web and business guy. What a glorious job. But all in all, it’s good. Once things settle down and she can enjoy life again – things will be a little better. But we all know how hard new businesses are in the first year or so. Very hard! IE. Getaway Games debacle…

Hopefully I’ll start blogging on a more regular basis. Lots has changed. I took a new job in Morton Logistics as a black belt (NOT karate). A post about that is in the plans. Drew is in the middle of his first tackle football season. Heat basketball around the corner. We are thinking about converting to ITV3… Bryce is in pre-school! The Cardinals are back in the playoffs hoping for 12 in 12! And so on…

Happy 7th Birthday to My Baby Girl Alyssa

My beautiful daughter, Alyssa, is 7 years old today. Wow how time flies. Lis is an absolute joy and such a great daughter, sister and friend. Speaking of “friend” – this girl absolutely loves hanging out with her little friends. Rylee, Emily, and on and on. Not a day goes by without this little social butterfly asking, “Can Rylee come and play?” What about hanging with your dad and mom for a night?! Haha. She just smiles.

So Alyssa enters 2nd grade this year at Grundy in Morton. She’s getting so big and does many things well. The one thing I haven’t gotten her into yet is sports. This year I plan to try that as she has shown definite interest in some things. She hits a softball very well and has some athleticism in her. Now if her mom can get over the fact that she may not be a dance / cheerleader type 🙂 Who knows?

Happy Birthday Alyssa – LOVE YOU!

Finally Upgraded My Android Phone

I finally upgraded my old HTC Incredible android phone. This was my first smartphone and did me well for nearly 3 years. But… There were some definite problems with this phone. Battery life was horrible. Memory continued to go low when using Facebook and Gmail. And so on. Soo… The big question – iphone or another Android?

I couldn’t go iPhone. I don’t quite know why. I’m just a Google guy. I like how much more flexible they are and how much more you can do with the phones. An iPhone is simply an iPhone. Anyways – that is another story for another day I guess.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is what I ended up buying. It’s the latest and greatest Android phone. I’ll have more details about this in a later post I’m sure. But for now, I’m spending my time configuring it, adding new apps, and playing with the fun new features. The biggest difference I’ve noticed so far is it’s much larger of a screen. I like that – but it’s different getting used to. Again, I’ll post my experiences with this phone often I’m sure.

Other Knup Thoughts

  • Should I bet on football this year? Of course I should – but where?
  • The Olympic gymnastic rule that kept Jordyn Wieber out of the all around finals is a JOKE!
  • Today is the MLB trade deadline, curious what moves will be made.
  • I’m on a new Daily Fantasy Sports Kick, you can follow my progress at Betting Blogger.
  • Sarah has a big “Lion King / Chalk the Block” event in downtown Morton this Friday for Inspired Arts. Bad news is I’m going to miss my grandpas 90th birthday party.
  • I’m in charge of the Morton Heat website and facebook. More on this later.
  • I was not forced to upgrade my Verizon plan to shared plan. But I did. I actually saved nearly $10 a month by doing this. We just can’t use over 4 GB of data in a month. Should be no prob.