As I was watching my favorite show “Mad Men”, this great song from the 1960s started playing. I automatically, loved the song. I loved the lyrics and the beat of the music. So, I went bananas trying to find out who made the song, so that I can get it. Well, I found the song and it is from the 1960s titled “Reach Out of the Darkness”, by the group Friends & Lovers. You can hear a snippet in a “newer version” which plays on the “Target” Commercial, about people getting together.
Well, the song starts out with the guy telling a story about a stranger he met and they had a little disagreement, then talked it out and now they are friends. Then it goes into song of how groovy it is that we all can finally get together. Which, they are basically telling everyone to take the time to get to know people before dismissing them completely. Spread love instead of hate.
It’s when we know and understand people, that we are more empowered to relate to them. When you know more about an individual it allows you to speak directly into their lives where they may need it the most, as well as when they need it the most. We can’t handle everything in life by ourselves and it’s when we allow others to get to know us or we get to know others that we can genuinely be of help to one another and spread the love.
When Jesus was on earth he had a huge following, but he didn’t act like a Rock Star. He spent time with people and those he spent time with felt how genuine he was in his actions. When Zacchaeus, the hated tax collector was unable to see Jesus as he was speaking to the crowd, he tried to get a glimpse of Jesus from the top of a sycamore tree. Jesus looked up at him and took more than a passing interest in his life, by inviting him to dinner. After one meal with Jesus, Zacchaeus the once hated tax collector, experienced a complete life change and he returned all the money to those he had unfairly taxed. And although, he had done others wrong, because Jesus took the time to get to know him and showed him love in spite of all he’d done, he gave back more than he had taken.
Everyone responds positively when someone takes an interest in his/her life. We all love to share our life stories. Yet, when you take an interest in someone that goes beyond the plan ole’ “How are you doing?” question, you’ll notice people come alive and begin opening themselves up to you. When you genuinely take the time to get to know someone, it will only help you bring out the best in that person.
Go forth and be genuine!