Each day we walk around at work, shopping, doing chores, at home, or wherever your comings and goings take us we are bound at some point to pass by someone. Sometimes we look them in the eye and sometimes they look us in the eye or maybe neither. Sometimes we give a salutation, sometimes not, but either way our paths pass by the other.
Why is this such a big deal? A better question to ask is; did you at least offer up a smile for the other person as you passed them? For some people, depending on their life circumstances, forming a smile to share with someone is not an easy task. In most cases I think most would agree that “we are just too busy to stop and talk”, but I would offer that as a Christian this is an open door to loving someone who needs it.
The one thing we probably all have in common as we pass each other daily is a “List”. That list is full of tasks, items and worries. Spinning in our heads are the things we deem as important and worthy of our full and undivided attention. Quick question; when was the last time we took the time to focus on those we love with that same kind of attention?
Speaking for myself I tend to forget things because of having too many things on my mind at once, so I try to write things down. There is one list though that I do not forget to fill out; my prayer list. On that list go the names of people who are struggling, sick, hurting, or those who God has simply put on my mind to pray for. In some cases, I don’t know why I am supposed to pray for someone, but I pray for them anyway; God will take what He needs from that if He is willing – I don’t question it.
My list or your list should not be a secret; let people know you are adding them to your prayer list. I have found that people react positively to this. Most times I just put a first name or some initials and the topic to pray for so that they don’t think I am getting too personal.
As it concerns following up with them; I leave that to God. He will put it on my heart to ask how they are doing later. In many cases I have had the person come to me to give me an update. I chalk this up to God letting me in a little part of His plan; awesome!
As for me; if you find yourself talking to me and share your hardships or struggles with me – you just found a place on my Prayer List. Rest assured that I will be obedient to follow through with that prayer and more if required. This list takes priority over all other lists in my pocket or in my head and I hope that by taking these simple steps we can learn to grow in our relationships with other people; showing that we genuinely care can help carry a burden for someone and in some cases, eliminate it.
What or who has the highest priority on your list today?
P.S. Don’t forget to put those closest to you on your list also!