This morning at church, there was a presentation by what I think must have been a
special choir. I've been to this church several times, but this choir was put together just for this occasion. All of the singers were dressed in their very best, with their big smiles. In the middle, one started waiving to his family.
You've all seen children's choirs before. They are adorable. No one cares about what they sound like, and everyone claps and cheers for their child. Sure, some of the parents wish their kid wasn't the one dancing around paying no attention, or picking the nose of the girl next to them. They're kids though, and when they stand up there and wave, we all know it's because kids love to be noticed. They smile, and they look right at mom and dad and they will stand there and wave until mom and dad respond.
Funny thing was that this wasn't a children's choir. It was a choir of grown adults, and the singer in the middle waiving to his family looked to be probably 45 years old. The thing about growing up is that some things never change. At our very core, people just want to be noticed. Sure, we don't always express this desire quite as boldly as children in a choir.. or grown men in a choir, but there is something about wanting to be noticed that stirs deeply in us.
It's amazing what an impact it has on us. I for one, know that I will do what I can to take notice this Christmas season.