Monday, January 18, 2016

Give Me Your Eyes

I can't get these lyrics out of my mind...

Looked down from a broken sky
Traced out by the city lights
My world from a mile high
Best seat in the house tonight
Touched down on the cold black top
Hold on for the sudden stop
Breathe in the familiar shock
Of confusion
And chaos

All those people goin' somewhere
Why have I never cared?

Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me Your love for humanity
Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see


Yeah
Yeah
Yeah
Yeah

Step out on a busy street
See a girl and our eyes meet
Does her best to smile at me
To hide what's underneath
There's a man just to her right
Black suit and a bright red tie
Too ashamed to tell his wife
He's out of work, he's buyin' time

All those people goin' somewhere
Why have I never cared?

Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me Your love for humanity
Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Yeah
Yeah
Yeah
Yeah

I've been there a million times
A couple of million eyes
Just move and pass me by
I swear I never thought that I was wrong
Well I want a second glance
So give me a second chance
To see the way You've seen the people all along

Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me Your love for humanity
Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see



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How many times have I been looking without really seeing?




Today alone, I have had experiences where I looked beyond myself and was able to do something for someone else that I had been missing countless times before. Things that should have been so obvious and I was oblivious to it. I allowed things to get in my way of even looking to serve because of things heavy on my mind, or more worried about what are they thinking of me right then that I forgot to serve, or would they think that was awkward or weird if I did do that for them.

I worry too much, too much about how I come across to others and not enough about how I am making them FEEL. 

People don't notice the insecurities and weaknesses you think are showing, and if they do, they really don't care as much as how you make them FEEL. 

People want to be...

NOTICED
REMEMBERED
APPRECIATED
LOVED
ACCEPTED

People don't remember that outfit you wore yesterday, they remember how they felt around you.

Christ has the perfect eyes to see all the problems, troubles, worries, heartaches, grief, pain, and burdens that every single person is carrying. He can see everything that you and I keep missing or overlooking. 

Perhaps we keep missing it not because we are so inwardly focused, but because we aren't asking for help to see what can't be seen to the human eye. 

Perhaps we don't understand the pain a person is facing because we have never walked that journey before; but Christ has. 

I want to make it a part of my daily prayers to ask for the eyes to see what needs to be done and for the ability and true desire to help others and see their problems or burdens in a new light. Christ has the answers, why have I never been asking for His eyes before?
I want to help others and serve others. I want people to feel special and appreciated because I prayed for the eyes to see. I don't want to keep missing and overlooking these opportunities any more.

Sadly, the people that matter the most to me, I forget to serve them first. I don't know why this can be a struggle for me, but tonight I am praying for the eyes of Christ to help me see those opportunities to show I truly do care. And for the words to be said that will help others feel special. 

I don't expect to be perfect at first, so please forgive me for the trial and error that is to come. Sometimes I say the wrong things, sometimes I feel awkward by what I do have to give, sometimes I overthink and then don't do anything at all. But I'm giving my heart to Christ, my heart to serve Him, and I know that is enough for Him to work with; and that's enough for me. 

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