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Ruth Handy  presenting WZM  Award for Compassion


WZM Award # 13 Presented on June 19, 2008 to Elvia Palacios of Garfield H. S.








by Elvia Palacios

Everyday, the world is going from bad to worse. Situations around the world are becoming very tense and problems like hunger and poverty are becoming more common everywhere. The world would be a much better place if individuals of different backgrounds and ideas would practice unselfishness and kindness to one another. Unfortunately, in this world there are very few people that practice compassion to one another. There are also other people that give compassion to others expecting something in return. Personally, I always find right the words that Jesus said in Acts 20:35 that “there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.” I know that my life hasn’t been easy, but showing compassion to others in different ways helps me feel better and grow as a better person. Some of the ways that I show compassion is not only by listening to others, but also by taking action.

Giving people material things that they need in order to live is good, but sometimes what people need is someone that listens. The Bible suggests that we have to speak, but we also have to learn to listen to what other people think or feel. I think that showing compassion also involves listening to the people that need to open their hearts and show their emotions. These people need someone that listens to their problems without judging them. Letting people express themselves is what I like to do. I like to listen to the people that are around me. I want them to see me as a person in which they can trust and find a friend.

Since many things like war, natural disasters, and poverty are terrorizing people, many of them have lost the faith in God. Many of them think that God is punishing humanity for forgetting Him and behaving bad. In my religion, I see things in another way. I am a Jehovah’s Witness and we strongly believe in what the Bible says. The bible teaches us that God is a “God of love” and that he will soon bring a paradise in which many of the problems that exist today will no longer affect us. My faith in God has impulse me spread His word and the things that He promises in the Bible. One way in which I spread His word is by preaching from door to door in the community in which I live.

Although many people ask themselves how is preaching from door to door a way of showing compassion and unselfishness, I feel good about doing this. What I have learn in my religion has giving me the strength to confront the problems of life especially the problems that every teenager has. I also know that God is always there whenever we need Him. I feel that this and other things are very important that the people in my community and around the world should know about God. This is the reason why I participate in preaching God’s word on weekends and whenever I have the opportunity to preach. I feel in my heart that if knew all the marvelous promises that God has for all humans who are willing to follow His directions and I did not share them with the rest of the people, then I would be behaving in an selfishness way. For God, there is no discrimination so when I preach, I don’t discriminate people based on their sex, religion or economic status. Some people might see preaching as something useless, but us, the Jehovah’s Witness, including myself, see preaching as a way of showing kindness to others and showing them that God promises a better world for us. Even though I sometimes get tired after a long day of preaching, at the end of the day I feel good and I know that all the hours that I preached were not in vain. Having the experience of showing compassion to others through the promises of the Bible is something that I would never change for anything.

My life has not been easier and I have had to pass though many obstacles to become a better person and show kindness to others. One of these obstacles is overcoming my shyness. As I mentioned before, I go from door to door preaching God’s word in the Bible. Talking to strangers was not easy for me, but something that has helped me is to learn to trust in God and that he will give me the Holy Spirit to continue talking to people. Another obstacle that I had to overcome was reading in Spanish. I live in a community in which the predominant language is Spanish, so in order to preach I had to improve my Spanish reading. Improving in my reading not only helped me personally, but also academically. Since my Spanish got better, my grades in my Spanish class also improved significantly.

In conclusion, for me listening is a good way in which I feel that I can show compassion to others. I also think that helping people learn about God is the best way to show compassion and I am determined to continue doing this fulfilling job.


Ruth Ratna Handy, LCSW
(818) 834-5925


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