Sep 06 2013

Syria: A Lesson in Empathy

The situation in Syria is a lesson for all of us in empathy, a lesson on putting ourselves in someone else's shoes. I think we often times dismiss other people and what they are facing because we regret to stop; and just for a minute put ourselves in their shoes. In "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee wrote, “You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Truer words have never been said. In fact, what makes Jesus so amazing is He did just that, fully God and fully man, tempted in every way that we are, and still without sin, He came and experienced both life and death as a human being. What an amazing picture of empathy, which is described as, the ability to comprehend another person's actions and emotions, the awareness of another's problems.

Walking in someone else's shoes helps you gain perspective, it helps you empathize with life from their point of view. As Christians, considering what Christ did for us, we should be most willing to empathize with others. Yet oftentimes, I think we have a tendency to put on self-rightousness and pass judgement, simply ignoring others when we should be running to their rescue. The Bible several times addresses our attitude regarding this, in Ephesians 4:2 it says, "Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love."

Tomorrow there is a worldwide call to pray for Syria, and before we excuse it as a situation half a world away, let's just for a minute, "put ourselves in their shoes." Since the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against their own people, that left 1,300 people dead, there has been mass chaos, as you might imagine; people have been fleeing the country, fearing for their lives. Imagine what it must be like, imagine yourself in the shoes of those who fear for their lives, those who have left what little they had just to survive, those who have lost loved ones, or have been separated from their families; they are starving, hopeless and scared. 

If I were in their shoes, I certainly hope someone would lift a prayer for me.

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Coconut Oil boosts metabolism?!
Jun 11 2010

Coconut Oil boosts metabolism?!

Cooking with coconut oil helps boost metabolism?


The pressed white meat of the coconut produces coconut oil, a special type of saturated fat that actually increases calorie burning.  Why?  Coconut oil is made of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), making this type of oil much easier to digest.  Studies show that after eating a meal containing these medium-chain triglycerides, metabolism increases 48 percent.  Christine Avanti uses coconut oil to make stir-frys, searing fish, and as a butter substitute in baking.  Check out Christine’s delicious Asian stir-fry using coconut oil.






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Medium- versus long-chain triglycerides for 27 days increases fat oxidation and energy expenditure without resulting in changes in body composition in overweight women. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2003 Jan;27(1):95-102.

Larger diet-induced thermogenesis and less body fat accumulation in rats fed medium-chain triacylglycerols than in those fed long-chain triacylglycerols. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2002 Dec;48(6):524-9.

Comparison of diet-induced thermogenesis of foods containing medium- versus long-chain triacylglycerols. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2002 Dec;48(6):536-40.

The thermic effect is greater for structured medium- and long-chain triacylglycerols versus long-chain triacylglycerols in healthy young women. Metabolism. 2001 Jan;50(1):125-30.


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6/8/2010 4:40:53 PM
Ashley Hildebrand United States
Ashley Hildebrand
We give coconut oil to our dog in his food to help with his itchy skin. I didn't really think that it would work, but I was really in need of something/ anything so I gave it a try. It really works. He is still a little itchy, but not nearly as bad as he was. And he LOVES IT!!!!
6/9/2010 3:18:17 AM
Leandra United States
Thanks!  This is great, we JUST got some coconut oil todaySmileso it is kinda ironic, lol;)
6/22/2010 7:15:55 PM
Pattie Dally United States
Pattie Dally
Where do I find cocoanut oil?
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