Friday, March 16, 2012

Through Their Eyes...


I work a couple blocks from one of Washington, DC's landmarks--Union Station. If you've ever lived in DC or visited DC, you know what I'm talking about. It's this grandiose train station that was built in 1907 and millions of people have walked through it but enough with the history lesson.

Almost every week I go to Union Station to have lunch or take the train. Every time I walk through the doors I'm greeted by throngs of tourists taking photos of the ceilings in the main hall. For a time there all I could think was, "what's the big deal, tourists? It's just a building. Geesh!" You should see the look on people's faces when they've seen the main hall for the first time. They are amazed and captivated by all the features in the edifice. They stop and stare while the rest of us are in a hurry to grab lunch or in a rush to catch the train.

Last week something hit me as I was strolling through the station. "Will my original fascination with Union Station be reignited if I see it through their (tourists) eyes? I stopped for a moment and tried to shift my vision to see what they were seeing and at that moment, Union Station's beauty captivated me once again. I thought, "wow, THIS is what they are seeing..." You see, for a time there Union Station was just a regular old building to me because I was so used to seeing it or being in it that it's beauty faded. I had taken it for granted

I started comparing this to the captivation, awe, and the admiration of a new "baby" Christian and their fire for God and His work. It's often referred to the "first love" feeling. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. There have been times where I've felt like I've lost that feeling because I'm so used to seeing God's work or being in the church that I take it all for granted. Some times we are in a hurry to do "this and that" for church that we lose the true meaning. Have you ever felt that? Again, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. And to see the happy faces of those new baby Christians makes you think back when you were as them...on fire! Well, the good news is that we are not dead and there is still a chance to see our loving Christ through their eyes.    

"But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent." Revelation 2:4-5