To genuinely care for someone we need to truly see them. This often requires us to listen fully with our ears, eyes and heart. We need to take time to suspend our thinking and really pay attention to the needs of others. One of the secrets of having a positive outlook on life is to be focused on genuinely connecting and caring for those around us.
This week in chapel we heard the story of the Good Samaritan. While we may not physically walk past someone in need, mentally our minds are often so full of our own thoughts and judgments that we miss the need of the person in front of us. Taking time to listen and pay attention opens the door for us to reach out and act in a way that makes a genuine difference for the other person. Jesus has promised that He will always care for us. We are empowered by His loving presence alongside and within us. It is this gift of care that we can share with others.