I have thought a lot lately about how to serve people that I meet along the way.

One of the biggest tragedies of our century, I believe is that people feel lonely. “Loneliness is often the core feeling that gives rise to emotions of anger, sadness, depression, worthlessness, resentment, emptiness, vulnerability and pessimism” (theguardian.com). People are lonely partly because they don´t have someone to listen or pay attention to them.

To be honest with ourselves, do we really know our family members, neighbors, co-workers or church members? Have we taken the time to listen to their stories? There are so many beautiful stories out there but they aren’t being told. Why? Sometimes, people are afraid to share as they have been neglected, shut down or silenced in the past. They feel their lives and stories are worthless.

When I looked at the life of Jesus, he shows me that he really knew people. He truly cared, deeply loved and served with integrity. And he still does. He knows and sees our hearts.

Let´s be students, apprentices of Jesus Christ, continuously learning from him how to serve others well. He had the ability to simply look at someone and to deeply touch them. I belief he wants to use us to do the same with him. Let’s cultivate our hearts to be willing to transform painful situations through listening.

I’m not doing a great job of this. Often times, I´m too scheduled, busy, and distracted by my daily duties to listen. It´s hard to pay attention sometimes in a busy world.

Let´s change and be friends. “There are no strangers here. Only friends you haven´t yet met,” said William Butler Yeats  Let´s stop… push the pause button… take a break to talk and listen to our families, neighbors, and co-workers. Let’s serve together.

Works Cited

Perry, P. (2014, Feb. 14). Loneliness is killing us – we must start treating this disease. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/17/loneliness-report-bigger-killer-obesity-lonely-people

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