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Stop and look

Peter and John stopped long enough to see more than a face in the crowd. Peter saw the lame man and fixed his eyes on him. “Fixing his eyes upon him” means literally to look into him.
When we look at people we might see the bright yellow dress, the pink jacket or the spiked hair. Maybe on the rare occasion, we might notice the big ears or the missing tooth, but hardly ever their eyes. Sad, depressed lonely, helpless, angry or happy eyes.
Science tell us that those that do well socially, know how to read the eyes of others well. Ladies are sometimes better at this. Recognising the social queues portrayed by other people’s eyes is a child hood skill developed by most people.
What did Peter and John see as they looked into him? They saw faith and hope. They saw the real heart of the man; a man ready for God. A lot of people have hunger and need in their eyes and if we only see them as the masses passing by or sitting around and don’t look into their eyes we miss the message of the eyes! If we stop and look “into” people, we may see people as Jesus sees people.
And we should stop long enough for them to see in our eyes, something that they may have never seen in anybody else’s eyes. Because we have something in our life and eyes that not everybody has. We have hope in our heart – a hope we can give away in our school or office.
When the lame looked at Peter he saw hope and compassion, and faith was stirred in the lame man’s heart. If we are not connected at the eyes, we won’t be connected at the heart.
Friend, this year we could engage with people more. Look “into” them and stop long enough for them to look into our eyes too; long enough for them to see we have something to give. When we do that we establish the bridge of love that faith and power can flow across.

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