This post is part of the link up for the Five Minute Friday over at Kate Motaung’s Blog , where you write for Five Minutes on a specific word and the goal is to just write & no editing. (It is supposed to be a free write)
Here is my five minute write:
The smile doesn’t quite reach their eyes. The laughter seems a bit sad. Do you notice that they need Jesus?
Driving down the street and sitting on the corner, a person asking for help with a cardboard sign. Do you notice that they need Jesus?
The parents are leaving the school, faces drawn and barely holding in the tears. The news they just received was less than what they were hoping for…..do you notice that they need Jesus?
All around us are people, people just like you and me. Our schedules are busy. Our focus is specific. We have such a narrow view that we often miss what is right in front of us. People who need to see and experience Jesus in a fresh new way. A way that you are able to help show, that you and I are able to be the hands and feet. It could simply be a smile. A hello. A bite to eat. A prayer. Taking the time to interact, to listen, to laugh and to cry with them. All those seemingly little insignificant things are actually monumental. Yet it starts with noticing that they are there.
How do we change how we notice things? For me its started by slowing down. By choosing to look at my own life as it interacts with that of the world around me and be thankful. To look for the hidden treasures of the moment, of the conversation, of the day and say thank you. To acknowledge it to the Father above with a simple word of thanks. My perspective has begun to shift. While I easily still get caught up in my own to dos, life, and easily make it about me – Jesus is working in me to see and respond differently. To take notice through His eyes and see the world around me as He does, and to join Him by being his hands and feet. Its risky. It can be uncomfortable. But the reward is a smile from Jesus and the peace of knowing you are being his willing servant.
Today will you stop and notice with new eyes the world around you?
Today…..learning to follow, listen and obey; trusting in the ONE who loves me and HE loves you too.