Shifting Notice #BEaNOTICER

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Sometimes I notice things I don’t want to see.

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Shifting Notice

I realize the older I get the more I enjoy details. It’s important for me to know the why behind the what. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it can often get me into trouble.

Lysa TerKeurst’s #BEaNOTICER series inspired me to look at my own heart.

It’s much easier for me to notice what others are doing wrong much quicker than what they do right.

Why didn’t he remember we had that conversation last week?

Why is she perusing through the Facebook world when she’s supposed to be listening to the sermon?

I would never raise my kids like that!

Yes, I can be a real jerk, quickly forgetting the wonderful things my friends do in the midst of their flaws.

Oh how quick I am to forget the numerous amount of times they’ve wanted to “fix” me, but choose to love me without judgment despite my weaknesses.

I realize God gives us discernment to pay attention to things that require action, but He’s also given us the ability to notice the beauty in every person He so graciously created.

I want to be a different kind of noticer. The kind who says,

“I love how you smile at everyone you meet and don’t know a stranger.”

“Thank you for listening to my problems even when you’re exhausted.”

“Your kids are so blessed to have you as their mother.”

What do you notice in others? Is it the need to fix others that draws you near, or your desire to simply know them more? 

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  • Kristin

    I’ve been wrestling with many of the same thoughts, Sundi Jo. Thanks for sharing. http://momentsofpeace-khanley.blogspot.com/

    • http://www.sundijo.com/ Sundi Jo Graham

      Glad I’m not alone, Kristen. :)

  • Cindy

    So good…thanks. We are so quick to judge without thinking. It’s become an automatic knee jerk reaction because the world has taught us this..stinking thinking.

    • http://www.sundijo.com/ Sundi Jo Graham

      Thank stinkin’ thinking will get you every time.