Do you see others?

A few months ago someone said something that really struck me,

"Do you see others? Really see them."

Who said it? Well, none other than Oprah. Of course I watched her last two shows with my BFF with tears streaming down our faces. And the second to last show she shared her lessons from the past 25 years. I loved that it wasn't tips on how to be more successful, how to be made a big deal, or how to become a billionaire. She is one of the most famous people in the world, and one of the things she wanted to share with the world, a final challenge, was to see one another.

Then this past week I went to Nils' (my brother) church, Community Bible in San Antonio and the pastor, Chris Emmitt, preached* on a similar topic. He took a twist on the Good Samaritan.

Chris pointed out that each person that passed the man laying on the road, and then the Samaritan, as well, "saw" the man. Then he said:

"We struggle to see because we go to fast. 
We are too busy. Just like with driving, the faster you go the more of your peripheral vision you lose."

And I realized that was so true of me. I don't see people. Not really.

When I go places I am focused on what I'm there too do. Or focused on Karis and what she could get into or just keeping her happy.

So my challenge to myself and to you is that we would:

see people, really see them.

That we would be intentional at it. That we would be intentional at slowing down our life so we can see them. Ask questions and listen for answers.

What about you? Do you have a story of when you slowed down enough to see someone? What came of it?

*You can listen to Chris' full sermon here (it's from Jul 24). Or you can watch it here during one of his church online services, any day @ 3, 6, 9, 12 AM & PM.