Millions of Jeopardy fans are mourning the loss of the television show’s beloved long-time host, Alex Trebek, who passed away a few days ago after a valiant battle against pancreatic cancer. Trebek seemed to have been born for the role of host of the popular TV game show. His calm, pleasant demeanor, his smooth voice and his obvious love of knowledge all contributed to his great success in hosting the show for so many years.
One of Alex Trebek’s finest qualities was the genuine empathy he had for the contestants. He rooted for all of them to do well. Alex sympathized with them when they did not come up with the proper response, and he was obviously pleased when they were correct, especially when it enabled them to win a lot of money. His caring nature endeared him to the millions of fans who watched him over the years.
Empathy is a quality that we all should try to cultivate in our lives. The more that people understand that we truly care about them, the more likely we are to be able to influence them in a positive way that will either lead them to Jesus or help them to grow in their faith.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”—Romans 12:15.