The Personal Touch
Edna made frequent trips to the branch post office. One day she confronted a long line of people who were waiting for service from the postal clerk. Edna only needed stamps, so a person in line simply asked, “Why don’t you use the stamp machine? You can get all the stamps you need and you won’t have to wait in line”. Edna replied, “I know, but the machine can’t ask me about my arthritis”.
We live in a world that has become extremely impersonal. We can do virtually everything on-line these days: pay our bills, do our banking, go shopping—and all with the click of a key on the computer without having the interaction with another individual. If you make a telephone call to a business establishment—good luck in being able to talk to someone and not just a recording. Even our cell phones today are seldom used to talk to people. Our phones are primarily used to check email, facebook, texting, Instagram, twitter, and playing games. Somewhere in all the high tech, modernized, electronic world—we have lost the personal touch.
As Christians, we must never lose the personal touch. We need to be warm and caring individuals. Never forget there are people you rub shoulders with every day who desperately need to know that someone cares:
A kind word
A listening ear
An appropriate touch
In the Message paraphrase Bible, Jesus put it this way: “I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me”. Jesus ended with these powerful words, ‘Whenever you did one of these things to someone…you did it to me”. –Matthew 25
Let’s begin to notice and pay attention to those around us. There are many people in the world, just like Edna.