Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Basics of Humanity

When entering a new environment, such as a new school, class, program, city... it is only natural for you to want to get to know people. But, what about the people who you see everyday? The custodian of your school? The homeless person that you pass on your way to class? The person who makes your burrito at Chipotle? Why don't you know those people? I was thinking about this this morning because I am the type of person who goes to the same restaurants, takes the same routes to different places, and is just very consistent (or OCD) about my day-to-day activities.
More specifically, I was thinking about a lady that I pass every time I go to my frozen yogurt shop. I put SO much effort in getting to know the kids in my classes, and yet I see her twice everyday, and I don't even know her name. If all of us are created equally and with love by the Lord, why is it that I'm drawn to some and don't acknowledge others?
My plan for today, is to get to know her. Though I totally recognize that she may think it's odd that someone that she sees everyday just decides one morning to strike up a conversation... I hope she will be open to getting to know me.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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