Whats her name?

What's her name?

During an employee evaluation, a CEO asked his key directors "What is the first name of the woman who cleans your office?" Some thought this was some kind of joke. They had seen the cleaning woman several times because she started about 4 PM everyday. They knew she was short, probably Hispanic, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how could they know her name? One manager asked if this question would count toward their final evaluation score. "Absolutely," said the CEO. "In your careers you will meet many people. All are significant. She is part of our team. She deserves your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and thank her for her good service to you". He never forgot that lesson. He also learned her name was Maria.

We are all important to God. Sometimes we forget this and our own self importance (or feelings of lack of importance) can get in the way. When we take notice of our fellow workers, classmates, neighbors, waiters and travellers, a whole new world opens up for witnessing. Take a look at the humble witness of Naaman's servant girl (2 Kings 5:1-15)

We have a marvelous opportunity to be a witness to the love and hope we are blessed with. If a fellow worker is sad, ask why. Offering to pray with them or for them can be an excellent start in that persons closer relationship to our Savior. A cleaner can do this just as well as a top CEO and visa versa.

Talking and listening to others who are not the same as us reminds us of the story in the Gospel of John about the Samaritan Woman by the well. She is by social stigma a "sinner". Jesus was not supposed to talk to her because she is a woman and Samaritan. But Jesus knows everyone is important. He gave His life for her. She is given the job of being the first preacher to tell the big news, the Messiah is here, it is Jesus.