“If you want to remove your subjective blinders and begin to see others as they truly are, a great place to start is with simple observation.” (Amanda Ford)
Today you will repeat something you do every single day. It’s a normal part of living and it’s often taken for granted by most people. All over Glens Falls, people like us make an unconscious, though well-refined, choice: “Will I look beyond the surface and see people for who they really are or will I just glance, avoid the gaze, and carry on as if I never really saw anyone?”
I want you to do what I’m doing – really SEE the people you meet.
Yesterday was Memorial Day and I had the day off from work (but not from loving people). I had lunch with my Dad at a little hide-away diner in a little town tucked deep in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. Every time the waitress came over to our table, I looked her in the eye and really tried to connect with her. And this is what I saw:
- She was over 60 years of age and weary.
- She had naturally blond hair.
- She had age wrinkles on her face that spoke of living and working in the out-of-doors.
- She was shy (she never met my gaze until the very end of our meal).
- She smiled when she recognized that I was seeing her for more than just a servant.
- Her spirits picked up because I connected with her!
As Christians, we really don’t have an excuse for not engaging with the people we meet today. Jesus did it and wants us to do it, too. Watch the Lord observe people:
“Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!” (Matthew 9: 35-38 TM)
You can be like Jesus if you’ll just notice people, really see them as they are, and try to engage so as to make the experience memorable in their eyes. This goes for strangers but also for your parents, your spouse, your friends, your kids, and even your church-going family. People need to be seen!
Try it! and SEE what happens!
For Your Information
We’re open all summer (Yay!) and invite you to give online if you’re going to be away: www.vantagepointechurch.com. Thank you!
Our new sermon series begins June 16th.
We’re calling it “Raising Kids in a Sinking World.”
I’ll be sending you something to you in the mail to use during the series. Please don’t miss this one, especially if you’re a parent, grandparent or a person interested in kids.
I can’t wait to see you and your friends on Sunday!