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Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Personal Touch

How does your fear of others and your love for Jesus sometimes conflict? (Serendipity Bible 10th anniversary edition, page 1523). 

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelo (quoted in The President's Devotional by Joshua Dubois, May 25.).
Feelings of ambiguity, tentativeness,  uncertainty, withheld commitment are all readily perceivable in human interactions.  If the disciples of Jesus were to appear before me now, I would first want to know how Jesus made them feel. Unquestionably he was the leader of the group. In spiritual matters the disciples deferred to Jesus (with of course one major exception).  Each disciple was chosen by Jesus, so perhaps each felt chosen.  I suspect that would be a grand feeling--to have a master at something (as you perceive it) choose you as a cohort with friendship just over the horizon.

For most of us the challenge is to have people we meet and greet and befriend feel simultaneously equal and special – equal in the sense that we don't portray a hot-shit self-assessment while simultaneously telegraphing high regard and respect for the other – even that we expect great things from them--including the capacity to do small things exceptionally well (such as feeding a multitude one late afternoon).

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