Who Are You Anyway?

Some years ago, The Archbishop of Canterbury was rushing to catch a train in London. In his haste, he accidentally jumped on the wrong passenger car and found himself on a car full of inmates from a mental hospital. They were all dressed in mental hospital clothing.

 Just as the train pulled out of the station, an orderly came in and began to count the inmates, “1-2-3-4…” when suddenly he saw this distinguished looking gentleman there wearing a business suit and a clerical collar and he said:

 “Who are you?” The answer came back: “I am the Archbishop of Canterbury!” And the orderly said: “5-6-7-8.”

 The point of that story is this: It is so important to know who we are and who other people are. If we know what makes us tick and what makes other people tick, we get along better. If we understand where we are coming from and where other people are coming from, we relate better. There is more compassion, more empathy and more kindness.

 There are many instances where we see Jesus in the New Testament relating to people in this way. They knew that Jesus has discovered exactly who they were and because of that he could heal and help them. 

 How well do you know your neighbors or your co-workers?  How well do you know other folks at our Church?  Have you taken time to get to know the Church staff and make certain they know you? 

 May we reach out and get to know those around us so we can love one another in a Christ-like way.

 

See you in Church,

Nels