Sep 16 2010

Out Live Your Life - See the Need; Touch the Hurt (Chapter 7)

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Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado

Chapter 7

 

 

See the Need; Touch the Hurt

Peter, with John at his side, looked him straight in the eye . . . He grabbed him by the right hand and pulled him up.

—Acts 3:4, 7 (msg)

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When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.

(Mark 6:34 niv)

Gracious Lord, in the Bible you are called “the One who sees me,” and I know that your eyes are always upon me to guide and protect and bless and correct. You have given me eyes too. Grant me the power to use them to truly see. Help me see those you put in my path—really see them, with all their hurts, their desires, their longings, their needs, their joys, and their challenges. As you open my eyes, prompt me to open wide my arms to offer whatever help and encouragement I have to give. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

 

Questions for Discussion

1.   “Human hurt is not easy on the eye.” Tell of a time you encountered suffering that was painful to observe. Describe a time you were hurting and someone made you think he or she really saw you.

 

2.   What does it communicate to people in need, especially those who are not beautiful, when you look directly at them, in their eyes?

 

3.   Take note of each meaningful touch you find in the following miracles of Jesus: Matthew 9:20–22; Mark 1:40–45; Mark 7:32–35; Luke 8:51–55; Luke 13:11–13; John 9:1–7. Did Jesus need to touch people to heal them? Why do you think some form of touch was part of each healing?

 

4.   Peter and John gave more than the money the crippled beggar asked for in Acts 3. What resources do you have—beyond money—that you could give to people in need?

 

5.   For Peter and John the strategy of kind eyes meeting desperate ones and strong hands helping weak ones unleashed a miracle of God. How could you live out this strategy?

Ideas for Action

 Take time this week to look people in their eyes. When you talk to someone you know is needy, maintain eye contact with him or her much longer than you normally would. Reflect on how this helps you really see people’s needs in a new way. It will have greater impact if you keep a journal or write a summary at the end of the week, describing how this experiment affected your perspective.

 

 This week, go out of your way to visit a person in need. When someone you know is in the hospital, visit that person to show you care. Go to a nursing home this week to extend a compassionate touch to others. Start by shaking people’s hands or giving them an appropriate hug. Ask if you can pray for them, and lay a hand on their shoulders (you could even pray silently if you feel more comfortable doing so). As you head home, reflect on how meaningful the visit was. Also, consider how you feel after these visits, compared to how you felt on the way there.

“Reprinted by permission.  Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference by Max Lucado, 2010, copyright date, Thomas Nelson Inc. Nashville, Tennessee.  All rights reserved.”

Comments (7) -

9/16/2010 10:33:07 AM
Terri United States
Terri
This is one of the most beautiful chapters I have read so far.  I teach in the nursing program at a college in Southeast Texas and I was speaking on the importance of eye contact.  Patients that cannot speak, still need to be spoken to. Many times looking them in the eyes speaks volumes to them about the compassion in our hearts.  When they are happy, their eyes tend to close slightly as they smile, when they are frightened, we can see it in their eyes.  As I spoke these words in one of my lectures, I saw a student wiping tears from her precious face.  At a break she approached me and told me that her son was not able to speak, but he had beautiful eyes and eye contact was how he communicated. She felt as if she could see deep within his heart.  
     I loved the part in this chapter where Max wrote, "We both saw the man. I saw right through him. Stanley saw deep into him. There is something fundamentally good about taking time to see a person." Thanks, Max for reminding us!
9/16/2010 11:03:59 AM
Lisa United States
Lisa
My heart is so touched by this book.  There are so many hurting people, people in need, and lonely people in our own communities much less the whole world.  The LORD has convicted me and shown me individual ways I can help right in my own neighborhood.  Thank you Lisa and Eric, thank you Max Lucado for sharing such inspiration.
9/28/2010 3:30:48 AM
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James Kalu Nigeria
James Kalu
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