Honestly, our time and attention speak value to those around us. Isn't that what you desire from an interaction....someone's full attention? I do. I know there have been times that I have made my family and others feel as though they are not nearly as important as my agenda, my work, my housework, other people etc. I have attempted to multi-task while using the phrase, "go ahead, I'm listening." All this does is send the message that they are not worthy of my full attention. That is not a message I want to receive nor send! I want those around me to know they are significant to me.
We are so busy getting through our day/agenda that we often miss those around us. We miss an opportunity to notice a need, give a hug, or just share a smile. Often our attention is so focused on what's happening in social media (text, facebook) that we miss what's truly happening right in front of us! Jesus often stopped "while on his way" to love on others. He didn't allow his agenda to blind him from the needs around him. He would stop, listen to the need, and minister immediately to the person.
I hope I spend my day looking for those "Jesus" moments where I can stop, listen to a need and minister immediately to those around me. To really look like a Christ follower. Showing people that they are significant, that they matter in this world.
Here are few ways to show others they have value:
- When your spouse walks in the door - stop what you are doing, greet them with a kiss and give them your full attention
- When your children address you - stop what you are doing, position yourself at their level (get down to their eye level) and listen
- Watch for those who look as though they need a "Hello" or a "How are you" - just give them a minute of your time, eye contact and a genuine smile
- When you ask "How are you" - mean it and be ready for a real answer
- When someone tells you a need - don't just give the "I'll pray for you" - stop and pray right there
- When possible, address people by name every time.....that's why they wear name tags
So my challenge to you and to me this week......slow down, put your social media away long enough to "be" with people, to share life with them, and to minister along the way!