Give Your AttentionReaching Others
Acts 3:4 “Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!”
Often as Christians we can be so eager to receive attention from others. We want to be able to talk about church, to invite people to events, we want people to ask questions about our faith, and of course we all dream of the golden moment when someone says “There’s just something different about you” – which of course rarely ever happens!
This verse about Peter and John is quite intriguing as it says they looked straight at/fixed their gaze at the crippled beggar. They gave this neglected man their full and complete attention, and because of it the man gave them his attention.
People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.
Let’s learn to notice others before they notice us. Give people your undivided attention before you ask for theirs. Point out the goodness in people, compliment them, encourage them and ask about their life before sharing yours.
I often find that people generally love to talk about themselves, to tell stories or share a personal joke so why not let them! Sure it can be a little draining, a little time-consuming, perhaps even a little boring. But then what is love if we cannot even give people our attention and time?