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Friday, October 2, 2009

Strangers

The other day I was waiting in the van while Tony ran into a store. As I was sitting there I was doing some people watching. While I was looking at the people going in and out I just thought about how I didn't know any of them. These were just people from my town who happened to be in the same shopping plaza that I was in and there were so many of them. I continued thinking about this and how I could judge them or make up silly scenarios of their life stories but the fact was that I had absolutely no clue.
So then I thought about how God knows each one of them. And not just the people who were at that shopping plaza for that 10 min. But everybody whoever was, is, or will be. I think the thing that struck me the most is I can see what's special about the people I know, and I can see good in them and I can be concerned about them and it's so easy then to just forget about everybody else as if they don't matter. God does care about everybody. He cares about the people who our world says are of worth like movie stars and athletes and the rich, but he also cares about that person who drove up in the loud van with the smoke coming out of it that looks like it's going to fall apart any second.
It reminded me not to judge people and that everyone is special. Everyone, even the uneducated, lamest person has worth in this life. Nobody is a waste of space. I still can't get over the number of people that God KNOWS and LOVES. I need to spend more time looking outside my little box of friends. My sister just blogged about loving people, even strangers. Here's the link. http://emmacmiller.blogspot.com/2009/10/i-am-loving-love.html I love her post and how she is already showing her love to strangers.

4 comments:

Puphigirl said...

When I am on BYU campus at certain parts of the day, I am surprised at how many people there are. There are just swarms. Then, when I happen to pass by a former classmate from 2 semesters ago and we recognize each other, I am also amazed at how small the world is. It boggles my mind to think that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know and love each of us, individually.

Alice in Wonderland said...

I love People Watching! Everyday I'm surrounded by people that I don't personally know, but each of these individual people have lives and stories to tell.We have no right to say they are a waste of space. They are here for some reason and it's not for us to judge them.

EmmaP said...

what you didnt know is that I STILL struggle with trying NOT to judge people while I "people watch"... like at the airport the other day. I found I was beginning to judge men based on the type of jeans they were wearing... yup. and i DO plan to blog about that too! hahaha!

springbubble said...

i love to 'people-watch too'! mostly, i wonder what they think while they are walking down the street.. i also love watching people while they're eating. I do that in restaurants, and i don't know why i enjoy it so much. i always try to guess what's playing in their minds, because i do a lot of thinking myself when i'm eating. i just try my best not to get caught coz i know that it's rude to stare. somehow when we do that, our heart goes out to that person and i'm so sure that the best quality that i have is 'sympathy and empathy'. people-watching is a good exercise to learn to love other people.