I sat there at a table filled with women.
Some of them I knew really well but most of them I had just met.
It was a laid back night and since I am normally the kind of person that likes to ask new friends lots of questions (some of you know what I am talking about!) I was doing just that.
I was interrupted by a little commotion to the left of the girl I was talking to.
There was a girl at the table. There was a girl who was in actual tears because a certain photographer was walking by.
This photographer was “famous” to her and I guess she was sort of fangirling. Hard core. Her face was bright red, the tears were legit and she was trying to get her friends to help her get up enough courage to ask if she could take a selfie with this particular photographer.
The few of us who had been in the middle of a conversation sort of just smiled and watched for a few minutes as the girl got her wish and then carried on.
I was in the middle of hearing about this incredible ministry that my new friend Justina is a part of. It is a ministry called “The 18 inch journey” that involves discipling young adults and helping them to be more like Christ. It takes place in North Carolina and it was amazing to watch this woman talk about what she does. Her eyes sparkled and her joy was so evident on her face.
I’m not trying to Jesus-juke or anything here, but I couldn’t help but wonder how many times I was doing what the fan-girl was doing.
Overlooking potentially incredible friendships, ministry partnerships and just encouragement because I am so busy looking at the person or thing that I think is so “big time” and completely missing what is right in front of me.
I mean, look at the life of Jesus!
Who did he spend his time focusing on? The tax-collectors, the sinners, the people who had bad reputations and made for the worst kind of friends! Not the rich famous people!
But that’s just how he was.
He wanted to look at what was right in front of him.
Focus on the value and worth of every single person, whether society deemed them big-time or not.
I’m not trying to put down the fan-girl either. There’s certainly nothing wrong with looking up to people and being a fan.
I was just challenged myself.
I was challenged with how I treat people.
Do I overlook them when someone with more money or more fame is walking by? Or do I continue listening, loving and caring about the person in front of me?
I want to be that person. The one who is not so focused on the things in the background that I miss what is right in front of me.
I’ve always been the kind of person that didn’t want to miss out on anything.
I never wanted to go to bed because I was afraid I would miss something when everyone else was up still!
You never know what any person in front of you has to offer.
Take the time to stop and listen.
To really care about what they are saying, and make sure you’re not distracted by other people around you. Stay focused.
You never know how much you may be blessed because of it!