It is amazing to look at people each day. Depending on your mood, you notice the beauty in someone’s face, you detect their style. Your mood, your attitude about the person, and your disposition will determine the perception of the person formed in your mind.
Think about the person in Dunkin’ Donuts who ordered a “cawfee” this morning, meanwhile the yuppie ordered a venti latte at Starbucks. Think about the opinion formed about them before or if you even decide to strike a conversation with them. Do you have a visual? Can you imagine the depth of how they “became” who they are? How they obtained their lot in life? And then, can you ask yourself why it matters to you?
What’s interesting, The Word tells us to “see” God in ourselves. Romans 8:10 says, “But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.” In 2 Corinthians 4:6-7, we find, “Because the God who said, out of darkness light shall shine, is the One who shined in our hearts to illuminate the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not out of us.”
Yet, in none of the coffee shop scenarios I provided above were we seeing God in a person, nor did that consideration even come to mind. Why is that? It’s simple: We are convinced “we” are the judge and jury and that we can “see” people. But, when or if we change our view and use our God given lenses, everything becomes clear. We have more compassion, more patience, and more love… our judgement of others comes from our inability to see the God within us.
Let’s take a challenge together: When we lay our eyes on another, let’s look deeply to find a creation of God. Then, we make the choice to see like He sees.
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” -Ephesians 4:2
“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” -Genesis 1:27
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