I still get the "word of the day" everyday. I still feel that it's a waste of my time and inbox space but every once in a while the word does create some intellectual thinking on my part (or at least thinking). A couple of days ago the word was physiognomy (see definition below). I have been mulling over this word since it appeared in my morning "mail" and here are some of the thoughts it has provoked:
physiognomy \fiz-ee-OG-nuh-mee; -ON-uh-mee\, noun:
1. The art of discovering temperament and other characteristic qualities of the mind from the outward appearance, especially by the features of the face.2. The face or facial features, especially when regarded as indicating character.3. The general appearance or aspect of a thing.
What do you see when you look into someones face? What does my face reflect? Do I look deep enough to see what is behind the physical appearance of any given person?
I would have to agree that the face can reflect so much of what is going on inside. Have you been hurt deeply? Do your eyes hold a sense of sadness? Are you insecure or shy? Do you have fine lines appearing around your mouth because of your constant smiles and laughter? What makes you smile and laugh? Do you have dark circles or puffiness under your eyes? Is this from lack of sleep or from an illness? When you walk do you have a spring in your step or do your shoulders droop from an unbearable weight? But more importantly, when I see you do I really see you? Do I take the time to look beyond the initial to try and see who you really are? Do I offer encouragement when needed or a shoulder to help share the load? Do I laugh with you and accept you for who you are? Do I share in your joys and your sorrows? Or do I take my preconceived notions and judge you unfairly?
What do people see when they look at me? Do they see my insecurities? Do they notice when I'm frustrated or upset? When I'm happy or excited? Do they see Jesus in me? In the way I treat others? In the way I treat my family?
My hope and prayer is that I will take the time to look a little deeper, be perceptive in what I see, be an encouragement to others in ALL situations and let Jesus light shine through me always!