Monday, February 18, 2019
I Must Tell Rosa
Luke 12:7 – Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all
numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
There are many references to hair in the Bible, but this
particular one challenges my imagination — to think that God even
knows the number of our hairs.
Some males like myself, with few
hairs on our heads, may make the numbering challenge easier. A retired bank
chairman, who is almost totally bald, once told me that he had asked his
barber to give him a discount. His barber snorted in return,
"Discount? I was thinking of charging you extra. I have to use a
magnifying glass to even find some hairs to cut!"
Rosa is a
lovely lady who comes to our building to trim hair for some of the men, but
primarily to help the ladies look more beautiful by having their hair
Most women like to have their hair beautified. My wife was
blessed with hair that never changed colour (no grey hairs) but she always
enjoyed having a periodic wash, trim, and set. Even in the latter days, she
appreciated the hairdresser visiting our home so that she could have her
Recently, I complimented a neighbour on how lovely
her hair looked. She pleasantly and appropriately responded with a grateful
"Thank you very much."
She then surprised me by
quickly saying, "I must tell Rosa."
That comment made
me think. She had graciously accepted the compliment, but to her, it was
more important to recognize the person who made her lovely hairdo
How often do we take credit for something without
recognizing the persons or circumstances that made it possible? How often
do we fail to "tell Rosa"?
On another occasion, this
same neighbour taught me another important lesson.
When we rode
up the elevator, I noticed that she appeared bothered about something.
After leaving the elevator, we stopped outside her door, just three doors
from mine. She shared her problem for a few minutes and I offered some
brief words of encouragement. I then turned to leave for my own room.
As I left, she thanked me for taking the time to listen. I
didn't feel that I had done anything significant at all. I had just
listened, and only for a few brief minutes.
I realized that
there are two important lessons here: giving thanks and taking time to
listen are both simple things to do and often take little time. But
invariably, each brings rewards far greater than the effort involved for
both the giver and the receiver.
All this made me realize that
these helpful acts are things that each of us can easily do.
all have time to use as we wish. Some of the things that we can do with our
time are to give thanks and to listen. We never know how helpful that can
be. I was certainly surprised. You might be also!
6:31 – Do to others as you would have them do to you. (NIV)
Prayer: Dear God, help us always to take care to share
credit with others for those things for which we receive praise. Help us to
be willing to "tell Rosa". May we also be willing to give our
time to others. May we be wise in sharing our faith and leading others to
the way of salvation through Jesus Christ. In His name, we pray. Amen.
Vincent Walter <email@example.com>
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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– Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
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