Looking Away or Looking to Help
Sometimes when we see uncomfortable or unpleasant things we divert our eyes away so our mind won’t focus and our hearts won’t feel the situation. I used to do this every time I walked by my teenager’s room. I am sure it’s a well-organized myriad of clothing, books, and life pertinent items to her, but it looked like remnants of a hurricane to her mother and me.
It’s easier to just look away and move on.
What about those times when we are at work or out and about with a group of friends and we see someone noticeably upset or hurting?
Hopefully it’s our natural reaction to seek to learn the situation, offer comfort, and help if possible. Now what about when we see that out of place person trying to deal with something that is obviously unfamiliar for them? I know that it’s easier to look away and pretend we don’t see that older person in the store trying to figure out how to lift that case of water. Or its “better to ignore” the dirty looking person on the street with the shopping cart full of weird stuff.
I am not suggesting we stop and try to change their whole life, but what about looking them in the eye and saying hello? What would Jesus do? Check your experience…
“Helping others is the foundation stone of our recovery.” Big Book, Page 97
Lord, let us open the eyes of our heart to see where You would have us offer compassion and help, AMEN.
“Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” Philippians 2:4