I went round and round this morning in my normal indecisive way. Work from home,drive to the office, work from home, drive to the office. It’s been paralyzing this morning. Should I enjoy the pleasures and comfort and solitude of home, or should I dare to engage traffic, ( especially the day after I had a dream that I received three speeding tickets in one afternoon), and burn the gas to just sit at my desk , type on my keyboard and talk on my phone. Oh the agony of the decision.
There was something this morning just urging me to go downtown. It’s a thing called people. ( Now for someone with a previous Meyers Briggs score of INTJ people usually don’t cross my mind). However there was something today about people, and about being able to impact them. Can you impact people remotely – sure- and I will find other days to work in the solitude of my home office, enjoying the views that it affords. But today, there is something that says, maybe just staying at home just because may not be the best?
(I know right now several of you are thinking – Are you crazy!!! Stay at home!)
But I started thinking about these verses today:
- Matthew 8:3
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.
Matthew 8:2-4 (in Context) Matthew 8 (Whole Chapter)
- Matthew 17:7
But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”
Matthew 17:6-8 (in Context) Matthew 17 (Whole Chapter)
- Matthew 20:34
Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
Matthew 20:33-34 (in Context) Matthew 20 (Whole Chapter)
- Mark 1:41
Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”
Mark 1:40-42 (in Context) Mark 1 (Whole Chapter)
It’s not that there’s a command there, and its not that I am going to go around touching people today and healing them. But there is something about presence sometimes that is important. There is something about personal interaction that’s good.
So, today, I will go off and see how I can impact people face to face, versus over the phone. How will you “touch” those you come in contact with?
Maybe today holds something incredible? (or maybe I am really insane)