Seriously. Look up, especially if there are currently others near you. You’ll find it doesn’t take much effort to direct the attention of others in the direction you look. Don’t believe me? Do it. Look up!
As I explained this concept to my younger sons, it was easy to see that they they didn’t believe that they have the power to direct anyone’s attention in any direction. So tonight I assigned them *homework* while they are at school tomorrow. All they need to do is look up while with someone. I’m confident that they will find that they are indeed capable of directing attention. In fact, even animals can direct our attention!
It doesn’t seem very important, does it? But it carries much more weight than a simple sociology experiment carried out in the classroom of an elementary school by my children. We’re always being observed … by our boss, colleague, teacher, peer, parent, friend and yes, even by our foe. Those observations carry with them incredible opportunities, but if we lack awareness, they will be missed.
With the choices I make personally, I have opportunities to influence someone in either a positive or negative manner. That choice will cause others to at least momentarily direct their attention my way.
So what do I want others to see in me?
- I want them to see someone that works hard and plays hard;
- I want them to see someone who is trustworthy;
- I want them to see someone that is both kind and loving;
- I want them to see someone that lives courageously;
- I want them to see someone who is grateful; and most importantly
- I want them to see Christ, not really me.
That imparts so much more significance to our choices, yes? While others look at me, I need to be looking up! I need to be Christ-centered, demonstrating godliness in my actions, behaviors, and choices because others are watching me. I want them to have what I have, to know Who I know, to love and be loved by Him.
It’s such a simple concept bearing more power than we often realize.
Look up! Others are watching you.