Not long ago I was in the doctor’s office with ZigZag and was struck by something I’d never truly considered before. Here was my son, waiting for his appointment, being a bit rowdy with the toy trucks and completely oblivious to the fact he’d taken over the waiting room from a quiet little girl who ran to her mom as soon as ZigZag began to play. Fortunately it was a slow day and we were the only people in the office aside from this little girl and her mom.
Maybe it’s because I have boys.
Most of the girls we know have brothers so they can hold their own but boys and girls are so different! I know. I know. That’s kind of a ‘duh’ moment for most of you.
This little girl was so completely shy. She hid under her momma’s legs and played with one of the smaller cars. By the time she was called back for her appointment she had stepped out a bit – she was playing ‘catch’ with ZigZag by rolling the cars back and forth to each other.
But it dawned on me, my son didn’t even notice her until I pointed her out. Not that I’m trying to marry him off at the age of five or anything like that but that he was so wrapped up in his world that he couldn’t spare even a moment to see someone else.
Often times we, as Christians even, get so entirely wrapped up in what’s going on around us – in our own little worlds – that we don’t notice those around us. Those people we love to keep up with on Facebook but only if their status update shows up in our news feeds. Or those who we see only at holidays or birthdays, family reunions or funerals. Or those we talk to only when it pertains to our own dire need right at that moment.
When is the last time you called someone just to say hello?
and truly meant it in a ‘just saying hi’ kind of way?
Or smiled at a stranger?
Or helped someone carry their items?
Some things I’ve learned recently by stepping outside of myself to check on the well-being of others:
Two amazing people are officially parents and bringing their son to his forever home as I type this.
One amazing young woman left her home for Wales to spend the next nine months training in a foreign country to be a missionary to Africa permanently at the end of that time.
Many of my friends are engaged or pregnant – too many to count at this point! (Thank you Oklahoma Blizzard!)
The point is
the world is bigger than you and me
It’s bigger than all of us and it’s time we set aside our own agenda’s and started actually caring about those around us.
I can hear you now, “but what can I do? I’m just one person”.
So is Jesus.