“But of all those things I feel pressured to get done, taking time to speak and listen to others is not one of them.”
Each day I wake up with about a thousand different things on my mind. As the day goes on that mental list grows. I get caught up in house work. Time with my daughter. Then I go to work and hit the ground running. But of all those things I feel pressured to get done, taking time to speak and listen to others is not one of them. That sounds horrible of me to say but I get selfish when I’m busy.
I think my to-do list is more important than taking a few moments to stop and talk to a co-worker or even acknowledge them. Ironically enough, it drives me crazy when people ignore me. Especially when they’re standing a few feet away.
So when did I realize I was being rude? While reading my daughter her daily devotional. The story was in Mark 5:21-43. Jairus, a synagogue leader, came to find Jesus in a large crowd. His daughter was on her death bed. Jairus came to ask Jesus to heal her. As Jesus started to follow the man to his home, a woman touched his cloak. This woman had suffered for 12 years with a bleeding disease. She knew if she just touched his cloak then she would be healed. The woman was instantly healed.
“If Jesus had time to stop and invest in a woman on the way to saving a little girl, then you do too.”
I’ve read this story a number of times. But in my daughter’s Bible it said something like Jesus taking the time to stop and talk to this woman. Even though he was heading to heal a little girl.
That made me see this story in a whole new light. So what did it say to me? It said, “If Jesus had time to stop and invest in a woman on the way to saving a little girl, then you do too.”
Imagine for a second the urgency Jairus had when Jesus began to follow him to his home. It wasn’t right around the corner either. He knew if Jesus did not come heal his daughter she would die. So how do you think he reacted when he saw Jesus take the time for this woman? He was probably scared, angry and very impatient. Not to mention Jesus was late. When they arrived the daughter had already died. But Jesus said it WASN’T too late.
With this story, I believe Jesus teaches us that we have time to stop and see those around us. Often times I get too caught up in my mind and schedule that I don’t see people. The last few weeks I’ve really started to stop and talk to others. To see them and not act like they are invisible. One thing I’m reminded of each day is that everyone is trying to fight their own battle. Most of the time it’s not where we can see.
What if you’re passing by a person who needs that healing through a smile or even just a friendly conversation? That woman in the story represents more than those sick needing healing. It represents the new mom struggling to survive. It represents the young girl struggling with her body image. It represents the husband who just lost his wife. It represents the person who has never known love without physical abuse. Overall it represents people suffering each day who need healing. That includes, physical, mental and spiritual.
After reading that story I felt guilty. I started thinking about all the people I was “too busy” to pay attention to. It broke my heart to think I could have helped someone along my busy day.
Now I challenge you to look around throughout your day. Instead of focusing on your to-do-list focus on those around you. There is enough hate and selfishness in this world. We need to be more like Jesus. Take the time to see others and talk to them. You may be the only positive thing they experience in that whole day.