What Do People Notice About You?

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Have you seen that hearing aid commercial that asks, “What do people notice about you?”? Some of the answers are physical: my eyes, my smile. Some are less about the person and more about their interests: my love of nature, the importance of family. Some are rather superficial: my cool car, my beautiful wife (I still haven’t figured out how that one has much to do with what people notice about the guy with the hearing aid).

What do people notice

The commercial got me thinking about what people notice about me. Unfortunately, the first thing that came to my mind is that people probably notice that I’m overweight. I’ve had people comment on my eyes before and my hair. I’m sure there are people who notice that I talk a lot and I hope there are a few who notice my sense of humor.

But what is really the most important thing for people to notice about me? I hope that I will live my life in such a way that people will see Christ in me.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. (Gal. 2:20)

I know I certainly don’t always achieve that…or maybe I should even go so far as to say that I rarely achieve that. I am often like Paul in that:

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. (Romans 7:15)

Thankfully, Christ’s “… grace is sufficient for [me], for [His] power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

I hope that, as I grow in my Christian faith, there will be more of Christ and less of me in everything that I do, that what people notice about me will not be my quick temper, my dread of confrontation, my weight, my eye color or anything other than Christ in me.

What do people notice about you?

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6 Comments

  1. I’m sure people at Walmart had to notice a lot about me last night and sadly, VERY sadly, it was not that I love God. :o(

  2. Most of the time I get the “your children are SO well behaved comments”….

    I cant remember the last time I got a love your hair.. or you look great comment…. so I dont know…

    I hope they see the light of CHrist in me…. I know I want to be living that way for sure… =)

    Tyfs!!! Hope your well on this fab sabbath day!

  3. Great post! Since we live in Japan, and I have blonde hair and four kids (both pretty uncommon!) I know that those are things that get noticed first a lot. We can’t help but attract attention. Sometimes it is easy to think about how I would like to be stared at less, instead of the fact that sticking out can be a great witness if I am walking close to the Lord. Thanks for the great reminder!

  4. I’ve never seen Jesus, but I’ve heard He lacked any distinctive appearance. They spoke of His compassion, His forgiveness, His joy. But you should know that what I do know Him to be, through what I’ve read and felt, are also qualities read and felt in the things you share. Keep letting Him shine through. You’re doing fine.

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