In 1997 a song entitled “Somebody’s Watching Me” by the artist Rockwell was released. (FYI: Michael Jackson sang backup.) That song has echoed in my mind as I sit in the hospital room with my son, Ben. He is under constant video surveillance which covers everything but the bathroom. (Thank goodness!) That means I am also under constant watch, thus the song connection. Now, this reality certainly makes me think twice before I act! However, isn’t this the case for us all even if we aren’t consciously aware of it?
Think about it. How many people do you find yourself in the midst of during the course of a day, even if you don’t have personal contact with them? Who might be watching you even if you don’t see yourself or what you are doing worthy of drawing attention? Do people hear your anger being relayed to someone on the other end of a cell phone call? Do they hear the language you use your complaining, your gossiping? Do they see you open the door for someone or allow a customer to go ahead of you in the checkout line because they have two items and you have twenty? There is an upside as well as a downside to the observations being made on a daily basis.
Maybe, as you contemplate this concept, actions of late have come to mind. My question for you is this, “By observation only would an observer know your are a Christian, a born again child of God, or would you just blend in with the crowd?” I believe that part of my ministry here on earth is to smile at people and greet them as our paths cross. Hopefully, God uses my smile to encourage someone or just to acknowledge his or her existence, letting them know they are not alone in the world. Perhaps, this comes easier for me because I was born in the South where we just do things like this and wave at people we pass in cars even though we have no clue who they are!
While here in the hospital, my trips to the cafeteria have brought new insight to this topic. As I walk the halls, smile ready to share, not all, but the majority of folks I pass within feet of simply turn their heads or stare at me like I am crazy. However, I am undaunted!
Now for the challenge… Will you take into consideration and act upon that fact that everyday people are watching you and you have the power to be a witness for Christ or a deterrent. Of even greater importance is our need to live each day filled with love for our Savior who made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Love will beget love that will overflow, no doubt. This is where I quote an age-old truth, “Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some person ever reads.” ( quote by William J. Toms) This should not be work for us considering all those wonder “Fruits of the Spirit” God has imparted to us. Just tap into the love, joy, and peace inside of you and live it, share it! You’ve got this! To God Be the Glory! P.S. The picture above is of Max, our “empty nest child.” Was thinking he could serve as a good smile accelerate!! Really, how cute is he!