Today, I am not speaking to you a pastor, or as a member of the clergy. I am speaking to you as a person, without a title, just myself as I am every day. I think at times we spend so much time adhering to title’s, positions in not only the work place, but in our families and places that we worship at. We pay more attention to these titles than we do considering that in the end result, we are, human. We are members of a larger association that any title, affiliation or group than we are associated with. We are members of the human race, it is in our humanity that we have the ability to see each other without the veil of words that we place before us.
We spend more time thinking about how we can improve on our titles, or positions and our affiliations that we lose sight of who we are. When you remove all the words we use to identify ourselves, we are left with only one position, being ourselves.
Is it that difficult for us to move away from the many ways we identify who we are. To spend time understanding what we are? In my life I have met a great number of people, some for the work I do, and some as the result of my ministry. In each meeting, I try to see the person who I am with as just a person, someone who may need me to listen as they talk about their lives. Someone who spends time with an older person who has few visitors, or someone that seeks affirmation that what they are doing is a good idea.
I have spent time with others listening to their dreams and hopes, listening to them talk about their children and grandchildren. I listen as they tell me that they would like to spend more time with their families, who are always busy with work and their own lives that they cannot take a moment to spend it with their parent or grandparent.
When I strip away the titles, I see each person as an individual without the constraints we place on how we identify ourselves. More so, I see each person as an opportunity to inter act with someone who may need me at that time on that day.
For us, the rigors of work and home, the office or school, the kid’s activities and sporting events, preparations for the holidays and birthdays, vacations and getaways. We spend more time on the events, more than we do the people who we spend them with.
My challenge to you, is to take time to see the person who you are with, not just the game you are taking them to. Spend time looking at the person who tends to your home and your children on equal ground (as their job can be just as labor intensive as your own) make time to see the eyes of the child speaking to you, looking for approval, asking for help or needing a reassuring voice or a strong shoulder to cry on. Take time to be with family, look on those who spent their life giving you what you needed, not as a Burdon because of their age, rather, as the person without whom you would not be here. Take time to talk and laugh, remember the good times and comfort each other in sad times. Most importantly, strip away the titles and see each other as a person rather than a set of words we use to identify ourselves with.
Take time to be with yourself, we all need to recharge the batteries now and again, take time to see the beauty we share in our humanity with one another. Take time to be yourself and encourage others to do the same, you may be surprised at what you will learn from each other, you may find that we are not all that different at all.
Take the time, it can change how you think about each other
Peace and love be with you
Pastor Lisa Chachula