I’ve used the phrase “see people” in many of my posts. What do I mean by that? We can see people two ways: physically with our eyes, or by “seeing” them as we think about them and imagine their lives. Either way, we don’t ignore or rush past them. We see them with individualized love!
Here’s a real-life Christmastime example. Aubrey had a friend in first grade who had many food allergies, including dairy, gluten, and peanut. For Christmas, her teacher planned a Polar Express party, with cocoa and treats.
Usually, this would include decorating sugar cookies. But this would exclude this girl…what to do? I had offered to help with something, and as the teacher and I talked an idea came to mind. I went home and experimented with making cut-out rice-crispie treats using coconut oil instead of butter – they were so delicious!
On the day of the party, a little girl in Aubrey’s class was able to be part of the whole party, enjoying the same treat and activities as everyone else.
Love sees, has compassion, and acts. Jesus modeled a life of seeing, compassion, and action for us in the gospels.
“And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ … And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, ‘You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.'”
Mark 10: 17, 20, 21
Jesus saw the man, loved him, and spoke. While at times Jesus took action in impressive way such as raising the widow’s son and feeding 5,000 people, he daily lived it out with service, sharing his time, speaking, and listening. We can take action in these practical ways, too!
Let’s follow in Jesus’ footsteps as we show love by seeing, compassion, and responding with action.
How could you practice pausing and noticing people throughout your days? How will you creatively respond?
Tips for making Dairy-Free Rice Crispy Treats: Substitute coconut oil for the butter in this recipe: Perfect Rice Crispy Treats. Line a jelly roll pan or large cookie sheet with parchment paper, then put the rice crispy treat mixture on this, and place another piece of parchment paper on top so the mixture is between two pieces of parchment paper (don’t use wax paper – it will stick!). Roll it out with a rolling pin. Cut out shapes while the rice crispy mixture is still warm. Spray the cookie cutter with non-stick spray. Then store with parchment paper in between layers of rice-crispy cutouts. Enjoy!