We have a robotic vacuum cleaner. It moves around the room sucking up any dirt it comes across. I call it our RoboCop as it fights grime!!
It is programmed to move around the room in a random fashion adopting the chaos theory that if it continues to rotate around a room it will gradually cover all surfaces. I know it’s incredibly lazy but we were looking for a vacuum cleaner and they were the same price as a normal one, so we thought we’d give it a go.
I’ve been really happy with it and I’ll often clear a room of small objects and the let RoboCop do its thing.
The other day I set RoboCop going in the room I was working in. I thought I had cleared the floor but I had forgotten about a small glass on water that was sitting on the full length window frame.
As I continued to work away at my desk RoboCop knocked over the glass of water and proceeded to spread the liquid all over the room. I had no idea. I was totally oblivious to what had gone on.
When I finally raised my head from my work I looked over and was surprised to see water all over my floor. I quickly mopped it up but marvelled that something like this could happen right next to me without me even noticing.
And yet this can be true in other areas of my life too. I can get so involved in my own life and my own work that I don’t really see the people around me. I’m not present enough to see people hurting or needing attention. I can get so caught up in my own activity that I don’t show care for others.
I don’t think I’m alone in doing this. We are all busy and so often forget to look at other’s needs before our own.
This is not how God taught us to live. He told us to do unto others what we would like done unto us. It’s a good reminder. We never fully know what is going on for someone else but you can be sure they need love and support like anyone else does.
Lord, help me to look up and beyond myself so that I’m aware of the needs of others. Amen.
How can you identifying the needs of those around you?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.