How many times have we wondered about the person standing next to us?
Have you ever considered another person’s story? Their life in question seems to be of no importance or value to you. They’re just a stranger, right?
Have you ever asked your brother how he was doing? Did you notice his response, whether verbal or physical? Did you assume that he was alright because his response was, “I’m okay.”? This is life in normalcy for many.
We tend to be busy with our personal agenda. We focus on how we can benefit from anything and everything that occurs around us. Naturally, in a sense, we are selfish.
A couple days ago while on my way to work, a homeless woman greeted me. Focused on getting to the store, I almost did not notice her. She asked me for money or a bus pass to catch the transit bus. Out of impulse, I told her that I “didn’t have it.” However, I had the means to give her my used bus pass or a few dollars for a ride. As I continued on my way to work, I regretted each step I took away from the woman.
It is so easy to overlook the needs of others but so crucial for us to pay attention. I felt so guilty that evening and the scenario kept replaying in my head. I prayed that she’d received what she needed. I vowed that the next time I saw her I would not hesitate to give.
Is it not to divide your bread with the the hungry and bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, that you cover him, and not to hide yourself from [the needs of] your own flesh and blood? – Isaiah 58:7 AMP
We must all work on our interpersonal relationships. Greet someone and complement them. Smile. Regardless of the looks or snares you may receive from witnesses, you may inspire someone or brighten their day. If you choose to live in fear that will only blindside you. Don’t let a precious moment go by; you will regret it.
We must be the light that we wish to see in others.
So make the most out of the encounters you have with people. We are put here to bless others. I’ve learned through life’s experiences that everyone wants to be loved. Good things are bound to happen we choose to be selfless.
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. – Colossians 3:12-14
This inspiring song has blessed me and put my focus on the needs of others – Give Me Your Eyes.