I wonder how much we miss when we rush through life from one thing to another. We get so busy it’s hard to be observant, isn’t it? When I take the time to pause during the day and actually notice things, I am more aware of what’s going on.
For instance, as I type this while sitting in my living room, I hear the chimes outside. I look out the window and see the trees swaying – evidence of the wind blowing. Looking at the sky, I see it is a pale blue today. Many of the trees on the hill across the way are still bare, and their brown color stands out against the blue background.
OBSERVANT OF PEOPLE
How often do we notice the people around us, those who live with us or those we work with? It’s so easy to be wrapped up in our own thoughts that we miss what others are doing or how they are feeling. Do we miss opportunities to ask how they are doing and then really take time to listen? Or maybe offer to make a cup of tea to encourage them to take a break?
Currently there are four adults living in this house and occasionally five. We all have various schedules and don’t always have much time together. But often in the evening we will watch something together, making comments and observations throughout. Sometimes we have deeper conversations, especially when there are only a couple of us around.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look not to his own interests, but rather to the interests of others.Philippians 2:3-4
If we take time to show interest in what others are doing, we often get to know them better in the process. For instance, my son will sometimes share about a story he’s working on, and I think it helps him sort it out while he talks as I listen. When my daughter-in-law comes in from work, I try to remember to ask her how the day went. But sometimes I forget when I’m busy working at the computer.
OBSERVANT OF SPOUSE
My husband and I usually spend time in the mornings after breakfast reading together. We start with a chapter in the Bible of the book we are currently working through. Then we read some from another book from various authors. Next a short devotion about marriage, and currently another short Lenten devotional.
Often our reading is a springboard for topics we discuss together. Sometimes we agree and sometimes we don’t, but it gives us a good opportunity to think about issues we both are concerned about. Then, after talking and listening to each other, we pray together. But for the rest of the day, at least until the evening, we are involved in different things.
Even though we may be busy with our projects, we still need to be observant enough to be aware of the needs of each other. We need to be prepared to stop and listen when needed, or to be willing to wait if it’s not an emergency. Most importantly, we need to show love rather than irritation at the interruption.
God loves us and is also watching over us. Nothing goes unseen, and one day all the evil will be gone. We can rest in the fact that He will make things right one day. Until then we can show love and kindness to others, encouraging them along the way. Because God love us, we can love others.
I got behind in my writing every day in February. I think I left off on Day 11, and I hope to go back and catch up on the others.