When I meet someone for the first time
And I shake that person’s hand,
I touch his life in a physical way
That says, “I know you’re there.”
But my prayer is to learn to listen
To just what he thinks and how he feels-
So I may learn to touch his life
In a way that says, “I care.”
About this Song:
The three songs starting with today’s all deal with our influence on other people and their perception of us.
Shaking hands is the most common way for men in our society–sometimes women, too–to greet one another. Especially the first time they meet.
A handshake is a formal greeting, though. Nothing at all like a hug or a peck on the cheek. Those are greetings we reserve for people we know and care about.
Nonetheless, a handshake allows one person to acknowledge the existence of another one–and the second person to return the acknowledgement. But it’s a purely physical greeting.
No emotional involvement is at risk. A handshake doesn’t mean that one person cares about the other. Learning to care–especially to care deeply–is apt to take many contacts beyond the initial one.
If we listen to what people tell us–especially on an ongoing basis–they will discover that we care. Then they’ll be more willing to open up to us and allow us to minister to them in ways we couldn’t do otherwise. It’s one method of giving a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name.
Jesus told us that what we do for others we are doing for Him.
But the hard part is being quiet and listening. All too often, we want to be the ones sharing our problems with others. How much more effective we are as Christians when we close our mouths and open our ears–and our hearts.
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