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Summary: How do we view others around us?

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Go through the optical illusions: (slides 1-6)

The eyes can be deceiving. The brain may tell us one thing while our eyes see another.

Dog: How do we respond? (7)

Most of us warm to animals.

Children begging: How do we respond? (8)

The sight of children may cause us to think more deeply about the state of the world and the poverty some children face.

Lame man: How do we respond? (9)

Not many would stop and respond to this man. People turn a blind eye especially with adults and men in particular.

The world is full of people (10) Take a good look at the person next to you. What do you see?

Ø Age

Ø Gender

Ø Colour

Ø Culture

Ø Disabilities

How do we view others around us?

We see the people we want to see. We tend to find people of ‘like kind’. Same social status, nationality or age groups. As a mature adult, we wouldn’t necessarily hang around with a bung of children! Or a young male teenager may not be seen with many older women. There are some exceptions.

Acts 3:1-10 (11)

4Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.”

One day Peter and John were going to ‘Church’

But this day was different for them and for the man sitting there.

This day they noticed him. Why?

What was different about this day to all the other days?

He’d been there for over 40 years Acts 4:22

The man hadn’t changed, but the disciples had.

We see people everyday, neighbours, friends, family, colleagues and those we pass by at the mall etc. (12)

Each day we may pass by and see more than 100+ people.

Our view of others

Do we really see them?

Why do we notice some and not others? It may be something just happens to catch our eye that day.

When we take a good look around, do we see God in others? Or do we see their age difference, their culture, their colour, their gender, or their disability?

Generation gap

We can be bias. There is a big generation gap today and since the 60’s it’s been much more noticeable. It can be a cultural thing too.

We tend to avoid some people; we pass them by

We can consciously make a choice to ignore people or to look for opportunities to talk to them. What determines whether we stop and talk or not? Why can we find it easier with some than others?

Society is suspicious of anyone these days that they don’t know. We have hardened our hearts towards some due to how we feel they may react to us. We don’t want to be rejected!

Do we really look intently on the inner person or do we just see what’s before us?

John Ortberg in ‘The Life You’ve Always Wanted’ speaks about Mable. She was in a state-run convalescent home. A place where people were left to die.

Woman 25yrs in a home

She was strapped into a wheelchair; half her face was eaten away with cancer, she was blind and almost deaf; she drooled constantly. She was 89.

John Ortberg gave her a Mother’s day flower; she tried to smell it and said thank you, ‘but can I give it to someone else?’ To which she gave it to someone and told them the flower was from Jesus.

He spoke with her and learned her life story. She became an inspiration to him.


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