Recently, I was at a meeting where there was a lot of visual activity going on, and one person checked in with me to ensure I was ok with all that was happening. I informed her that it was fine, as I had helped to arrange all that was happening, but I did appreciate the concern and question.
I followed it up by saying that at some point I would get others to engage in my world of blindness, so they had an idea!!
This got me thinking, how much do we actually engage in other people’s worlds? How much do we actually pay attention to what is going on for them, and try to understand fully what is happening for them?
One thing I notice from the life of Jesus is that he was so good at engaging in people’s lives; he understood what was going on, and he understood them as people. I wonder if there are some lessons for us in how Jesus engaged with people?
1: Do we listen? – not just hear what they are saying, but actually listen to how they say things, and even what they aren’t saying?
2: Do we engage in their lives? Are we present without distraction in people’s lives, so we know what is truly happening for them?
3: How much time do we spend with people? Do we limit ourselves too much, or do we only give people a certain amount of time because we feel that there is something more important to do?
4: Are we focused? Do we ensure that there is no other distraction around us, so we can give people our full attention?
These are just some starter thoughts and questions. No doubt there are more to consider.