Whenever you are trying to give hope to someone, you need to realize that there is NOTHING in the world more important at that moment than you’re being with another person. This person, who is made in the image of God, deserves, and needs our full attention.
How do you feel when you’re in a restaurant and the staff keeps
walking by you? Or you tell them what you want to drink, but never return with the drinks or to take your order?
How do you feel when you’re in the doctor’s office and they keep getting interrupted by other doctors, nurses, administrators, phone calls, texts? Or they keep dashing out of the exam room to get something? Talk with someone? When you are giving hope, they need to know and see that you are giving them your full attention.
You want to be treated (not Tweeted) in a certain way. To give hope, you have to give something of yourself. You need to treat them just like you want to be treated.
And when I grow up, I'm gonna look up From my phone and see my life
Garden Song by Phoebe Bridges
In these lyrics, Bridges points out her personal distraction from others and life by technology. Her lyrics rightfully warn us about getting lost in our screens, missing out on life and reality. Her words bring us to a fork in the road, to a choice. To be fully with the people right in front, or digitally distant with someone who’s not actually there.
The choice is ours.
How will you choose?