Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Noticing the Invisible



The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care… So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity.
1 Corinthians 12:12,22,24 (NLT)

I love to notice invisible people.

Even with a language barrier, I tapped the arm of the Prague airport bathroom attendant to thank her. She had a questioning look until I made a sweeping motion and commented "So clean”. Then her face lit up. It wasn't just a happy smile, but a 'someone values me' smile.

Bathroom attendants are my favorite.

We’re surrounded by people who do jobs that go unnoticed until they’re not done well. We rarely appreciate these folks for their good work, but we speak out when results are lacking.

Today’s scripture specifically describes the body of Christ, but who’s to say the stock boy isn’t part of God’s family? What harm would it do to lift up the grounds keeper with a compliment? Tell the cheerful server they’ve brightened your day. Write a note of appreciation to the enthusiastic educator.

Instead of merely complaining, make an effort to celebrate good work.

Let us give special honor to those that seem less important that are actually the most necessary.

Who could you notice today?

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3 comments:

  1. AMEN God loves the janitor just as much as He love the preacher

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    1. Indeed. I love the way these 'invisible' people are surprised to be thanked. It must be rare that anyone acknowledges their presence. It brings joy to my heart.

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  2. I've had readers respond that they are huge people watchers, but I'm issuing a challenge. I'm a watcher too, so I know where you're coming from. Take it one step further by physically, verbally acknowledge them.

    When you observe good parenting, commend the parents. When a flight attendant handles a contentious situation with grace, let her know verbally it didn't go unnoticed. Especially pay attention and give value to those with menial, unpleasant jobs. Affirm good behavior.

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