Saturday, February 20, 2016

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." — Albert Einstein

Many years ago, I came across a woman in Greece who had the Holy Spirit shining out of her eyes, bringing peace and a smile to all who saw her.  At the time, I thought she was really special, but as of late, I have found more and more people who so live for others, loving their neighbors as themselves, that it has expanded and gladdened my heart.  I would bet that each of you, right now, knows someone like this and admires them.  What I have discovered is that there are lots and lots of people who think of others first and who live their lives in the imitation of Christ.  In the hospital in Nairobi, I could tell within seconds when a nurse came in the room whether she really cared about me and my health or was just picking up a paycheck.  I began to look more closely at those who came into the room from the doctors to the food service folks, and they, too, had those eyes like the lady at the right.  I was surprised (don’t know why exactly) at the doctors who really cared—one in particular who was in charge of pain management for the whole hospital, but he came to check on me at least once a day and sometimes twice.  The physical therapist had those eyes as did one of the food service people, but only one.  I began to look at everyone and one nurse working on my implanted defibrillator actually said, “I like the way you look at me.”  Maybe the act of looking for kindness in other’s eyes is an act of kindness in and of itself.  Sometimes I would see it in the eyes of one member of a couple—the husband or the wife—but I seldom saw it in both although I know three missionary couples where this is true.   Some just so love the people they are serving that it is either contagious or upsetting to those whose love doesn't extend to others first.  When I met the woman in Greece, I asked if I could take her picture.  She asked why and I told her about her eyes.  She then said, “If that’s true, why do you want my image on paper when you could carry it in your heart and share it with others through your eyes.”  I don’t have a picture of her I can show you, but it has been in my heart ever since.  I hope you can see her in my eyes.  Do you have kindness in your eyes?  Wouldn’t Christ want you to have that look?
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