Sunday, September 16, 2012
Quote of the Day: “The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.” ― Carson McCullers
This is a true story (translation: this can be Googled). In the 1920's, some researchers wanted to prove that improved lighting would improve production. They went to the Hawthorne Electric Company and told the workers simply that they (the workers) would be being observed for a while. Then the researchers increased the lighting--and production went up. Then they increased the lighting some more--and production went up. Then, to prove their thesis, they decreased the lighting--and production went up. Dumbfounded, they called the workers together and asked them why production kept going up. The workers told the researchers it was because no one had ever cared what they did before. This is now called the "Hawthorne Effect" and is used by researchers as one variable. What it means to us is that by caring for others in ways they can see--changes their lives in a very positive manner. You have the power to make other's lives better just by openly caring for them. It's one of the reasons we go to church kind of like announcing publicly that you are going on a diet. You are making sure that others are seeing you and caring about how you live your life. It's also why the most damage parents can do to their children is not so much physical abuse as ignoring them and simply not caring about them. Christ cared for us demonstrably and still cares for us. If we acknowledge that He is part of our lives and a part of every conversation, we lead better lives. If we share His caring for us by caring for others, we change the world. Please care and let those you love know you care, and care about those you don't know or love as well. If you can do this, you are imitating Christ.