The Gift of Undivided Attention

“But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.” -1Cor 2:16 nlt

Many times I’ve asked God, what does this verse mean?

I love how God answers a big question without making me feel pea-brained. Out of many possibilities, here’s one cut at the answer. It began with another question: what do people experience when they encounter you? Now consider the story of the sinful woman. At a party swarming with the local elite, aka, “holy men,” Jesus turned his attention to one tarnished woman. Time stood still, and now it was just the two of them. When her eyes met with the the Son of God, she encountered pure love and acceptance. If we can grasp and envision this moment, we can emulate Jesus. Don’t we do that with children and loved ones? Why not EVERYONE? Not efb088918b91b9ff7827f0f87dc15de9easy, but achievable. Not easy, for the rest of the party goers because this woman was left for trash…hardly the belle of the ball. But that means nothing to Jesus. To Him, you are the most important person in the room. He knows that we are all tainted in some way, we all have our weaknesses and ugly little secrets, and we’re not fooling anyone — irrespective of our place in society, at the office, the club, at school, and among friends and family. God’s son, our creator, has a special place in his heart for you. He’s the father we all need and wish for.

Jesus looked into people’s eyes and got present to them. That’s how it became “just the two of them.” He wasn’t distracted by reading a text or looking around to see what else was going on. The sinful woman got his undivided attention and all the blessings that come with it. She was healed. Going after Jesus’ undivided attention is a good thing! And, He’s available to anyone, not just Christians, 24/7. I have no idea what exactly will happen when you do…I just know it will be time well invested.

What would happen, if like Jesus, we stopped and got present to people. What if our eyes, the windows of our souls, offered pure love and acceptance (no judgement or prejudice) to someone we hardly even knew or someone we do know (and they may not expect that)? We are not Christ, but He is more than welcome to commandeer my heart and mind and transform my relationships. In this way, we receive “the mind of Christ.” I really need to get out of His way. I’m a sinner who needs to extinguish the fires of annoyance much faster than I do.

I was inspired to retell the story of the sinful woman found in Luke 7:36-50 after reading a great book that I highly 51gdhcOyY1L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_recommend: Women of Courage by Jennifer Carter. I got my Kindle version on Amazon and I’m actually still reading it for my daily quiet time. Jennifer highlights 31 women in the Bible. She has an eye for insights that will light up your mind and soul. As you can see, I chewed that chapter up and enjoyed a good spiritual meal with her. I also couldn’t resist sharing, here in my blog, the way the Spirit recounted the biblical story to me. So go grab your copy of Women of Courage by Jennifer Carter and let me know how it goes for you!

And, while your at it, please pick up a copy of my book, Light Riders: The Power of the Orbis too. The holidays are coming and you won’t be disappointed!LR Screen shot

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About Light Stream

Casandra Moreno Lombera is an author, blogger, and Emmy nominated television producer who grew up in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver communities. In junior high school, she promised her single mother that she would get straight A’s in order to graduate early and help her relocate to Aurora, Colorado. She did… and though women and Latinas were scarcely visible in television, she dreamed of a future in broadcast journalism. From an early age, Casandra wanted children and loved to write. She began her career in television (writing and reporting on camera) at the age of 18. She also began raising two very successful children as a single mom. Throughout her career, she became an award winning, television producer/program creator (receiving both the Imagen and Golden Eagle Awards); was executive producer of both public affairs and children’s programming at KWHY-TV, Channel 22; and worked on camera hosting public affairs talk shows for many years. More distinctive opportunities came her way, however her desire to write children’s books and to blaze new trails in the publishing world became irrepressible. Her dreams today focus on empowering youth, writing (particularly about God’s love for them), and raising money for the impoverished through organizations like Hope Worldwide https://www.hopeww.org/sslpage.aspx. Throughout her life, she has been passionate about hands-on giving to the community and has received many forms of appreciation (including a congressional commendation) for her efforts. She has served on several boards including Communications Bridge Institute, training disadvantaged youth in television production; St. Anne’s, building futures for at risk teens and unwed mothers; HOPE, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality; the American Diabetes Association fund raising committee; and the Consumer Advisory Committee for the California Contractors State Licensing Board. Casandra is also a recipient of La Opinion’s 2012 Mujeres Destacadas (Exceptional Women) Award. She is completely smitten with her husband, two children, and four grand babies who inspired Light Riders. Follow her @casandratweets and @Lightersbook on Twitter. Her blog is at http://www.shewentthere.wordpress.com. Direct Contact: Lightridersbook@gmail.com
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2 Responses to The Gift of Undivided Attention

  1. Mom says:

    Thank you Mija. Great insight. The most important and meaningful thing you can do when speaking to someone is to look at them in the eyes and give them your undivided attention. That says I value what you say. Love you! Mom

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