Noticing the Invisible

The human body has many parts, but the
many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. In fact,
some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the
most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe
with the greatest care
… So God has put the body together such that extra honor
and care are given to those parts that have less dignity.

1 Corinthians 12:12,22,24 (NLT)
I love to notice invisible people.
Even with a language barrier, I tapped
the arm of the Prague airport bathroom attendant to thank her. She had a
questioning look until I made a sweeping motion and commented “So clean”. Then her face lit up.
It wasn’t just a happy smile, but a ‘someone values me’ smile.
Bathroom attendants are my favorite.
We’re surrounded by people who do
jobs that go unnoticed until they’re not done well. We rarely appreciate these folks
for their good work, but we speak out when results are lacking.
Today’s scripture specifically describes
the body of Christ, but who’s to say the stock boy isn’t part of God’s family?
What harm would it do to lift up the grounds keeper with a compliment? Tell the
cheerful server they’ve brightened your day. Write a note of appreciation to the
enthusiastic educator.
Instead of merely complaining, make
an effort to celebrate good work.
Let us give special honor to those that
seem less important that are actually the most necessary.
Who could you notice today?
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3 Comments

  1. CHERRILYNN BISBANO on December 3, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    AMEN God loves the janitor just as much as He love the preacher

    • CathyChung on December 3, 2015 at 12:56 PM

      Indeed. I love the way these 'invisible' people are surprised to be thanked. It must be rare that anyone acknowledges their presence. It brings joy to my heart.

  2. CathyChung on December 3, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    I've had readers respond that they are huge people watchers, but I'm issuing a challenge. I'm a watcher too, so I know where you're coming from. Take it one step further by physically, verbally acknowledge them.

    When you observe good parenting, commend the parents. When a flight attendant handles a contentious situation with grace, let her know verbally it didn't go unnoticed. Especially pay attention and give value to those with menial, unpleasant jobs. Affirm good behavior.

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