“Who Touched me?” was the question Jesus asked when an ill woman, a nobody, reached out for help. Luke 8:45. He felt His Power leave Him. Jesus was pressed and jostled by the crowds around Him yet He was aware of that one special person.
There are lot’s of people we tend to overlook, even if the only thing we can do is smile and say hello. For instance, if you forgot to take out the trash the night before garbage day, and wake up to hearing the garbage truck, we quickly scurry our trash cans out to the curb. Do we take the time to wave to the person who picks up your garbage every week? What about the janitor at our school or office, do we know their name? EVERYONE is significant! All deserve our attention, care and LOVE! We can train ourselves to become more aware of our surroundings and circumstances, much like we do when driving. It’s those great defensive driving skills and keen awareness of our surrounds that have helped us avoid those near misses! And just think what would happen if we added the Holy Spirit into the equation. He speaks Words of knowledge that helps us notice that someone special, to brighten the day of that one person about to crack under the pressure of their circumstances.
Too often our concerns are in areas that hinder us from being sensitive to the needs of others. God is asking us to check our focus. Step out of ourselves and out of our moments of self to move in one of the greatest acts of love, “Love others as I have loved you.” John 13. The next time we’re out, can we make the effort to smile and say hi to someone we would ordinarily pass?
Love changes lives!!
I felt convicted when God showed me this today and I plan on paying more attention to the others around me. How about you?
~ Veronica Schultz
- What It Means To Sine In An Exposed World (pastorpaulvbsblog.blogspot.com)