I was having a lovely dinner out by myself the other night, just me and Jesus.
I love to people watch and was enjoying the sweet smiles of the timid servers and the way they kindly asked me if if everything was okay.
As I was eating, I was thinking about how many people go throughout their day without ever really feeling seen or heard by someone else.
I thought about people in my life who have made me feel seen and heard and valued. I thought about people who have never made me feel small and always treated me as an equal.
I want to be like that. This year I really want to focus on the individuals that the Lord places in front of me and make them feel special.
That’s what the Lord does for each of His children. He looks us straight in the eyes and takes us gently into His arms and offers us love. He sets us a place at His personal table.
Come to think of it, Jesus paid attention to individuals that no one else wanted to – the lepers, the woman at the well, children, the blind and lame, the adulterous woman, the rich young man. It didn’t seem like they inconvenienced Him either, but that they were a part of the main reason He was here.
I’m really not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I do have something I want to focus on this next year.
I want to love individuals. I want to honor every single person that I come into contact with. I want to make people feel special, because we all are in our own ways. I want to be kinder and more thoughtful and intentional with my time and resources.
I know this is not possible on my own. I can only love because He first loved me.
So I challenge myself and all of you reading – Let’s get out there and love on some people this week!
“We love because He first loved us.” I John 4:19