Jay-Z and Theology

by Roo on January 20, 2014

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Jay-Z is in the middle of his Magna Carter tour, and on Friday, my friend Erika (I’ve linked to her posts before; here’s a fave) and I went to the show. The concert was reeeeaaaally fun, and there was a surprising lack of screaming teenagers. Maybe it’s because Jay-Z is 44, and thus, his fan base is a little older. Maybe it’s also because Timbaland (who was spinning on stage the whole night) is 41. Anyway, I’d say the majority of the people there were in their 30s and 40s, which I thought was unexpected but pretty cool. A bunch of people re-living 2003 and brushing their shoulders off. Jay-Z took a break to drink water and put on a fresh t-shirt, probably, and Timbaland started playing Missy Elliot (age 42!), which I *OF COURSE* enjoyed.

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At the end of the show, Jay-Z started calling out people in the crowd. The camera would zoom in on that person, and he’d chat with them for a minute. “Hey, you in the blue shirt in the front row. I saw you singing along. You knew every word; I appreciate that.”

“Hey babygirl in the teal pants, is this your first show? Your sixth!? Thanks for coming out.”

“Hey you in the khaki pants! You look like Jake from State Farm. I watch too much TV.”

“Hey you… I see you.”

He kept telling people in the crowd “I see you.” And of course those people would be delirious with excitement, waving and blowing kisses. Jay-Z, international mogul with a net worth of $500 million, was calling out people that came to his show and letting them know he sees them.

If you’ll allow me to go on a religious/spiritual tangent here (which you can totally ignore if you hate that sort of thing), I was standing there in my ripped denim shorts (I wore tights) with my makeup sweating off me, surrounded by thousands of people screaming, and I started thinking about theology. Jay-Z’s “Hey ma in the tribal shirt/Hey bro holding up the Magna Carter flag, I see you” reminded me of a story in the Bible. Summary: God had promised Abram an heir, but his wife Sarai was way too old to have kids. So she tells him to sleep with her maidservant so he can have a son. That happens, and Hagar (the maidservant) gives birth. But then Sarai gets pregnant (another heir!) and treats Hagar so badly that she flees.

The story goes that she’s out in the desert without food or water, but an angel appears and provides resources and direction. Hagar names God “El Roi” which means the God who sees.

Jay-Z  - a regular human – is calling people out letting them know he sees them, and God sees us, regardless of our stories or our battles or lack of famous spouses and clothing lines. And maybe Jay-Z and the story in the Bible can inspire us to see each other.

I’m in Target buying shampoo and crayons and dish soap, and I can take a moment to let the employee at the register know that I see him. I can take a five minute work break and get down on the floor and work on a puzzle with my daughter and let her know that I see her. I can take ten minutes and endure a conversation with a notoriously irritating older lady in my community instead of ducking down the next aisle and making an escape plan, and it’s a small sacrifice to let her know I see her.

The act of seeing – really seeing – turns a stranger into more than a stranger. As I stood and engaged in that aforementioned irritating conversation, a part of me softened towards this woman. I felt compelled to ask a follow up question. I embraced her and told her that I hoped that she’d have a good day. I went through the motions of seeing her, and I felt myself starting to care for her. I’ve noticed that when I’m able to look past a person and realize that we all have our own stories hidden behind daily pleasantries and how do you dos, it’s easier to lose judgment and rather, feel empathy and compassion. Learned in a venue full of guys wearing snapbacks and girls wearing mini-dresses.

You’re crazy for this one, Jay.

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Annie January 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm

I. Got. Chills. Did you know this idea of “seeing me” was a theme in the show Parenthood too? It was when the mom kept telling her husband “you don’t see me anymore.” There is nothing quite as lonely as being around people every day and not being seen.

Thank you for writing this Roo! I am going to take that extra minute to really SEE people around me. I won’t just blow off my kids with a “yeah that picture is pretty” I will take that minute to really look at it. Tiny changes like this can make such a huge difference. I love this post. SO HARD.

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 12:49 pm

I did not know that re: Parenthood, but I’ll have to check that episode out. Thanks for your very nice comment, Annie.

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Shelby B January 20, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Roo, I really, really love this post. I think that seeing someone is the most important thing you can in a relationship, any relationship. Speaking from experience (basically every day I go to work), I am essentially invisible to the majority of people, so when someone actually sees me and takes a moment to talk to me, I feel blessed and seen.

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 11:53 am

This is a great comment, Shelby, thank you. I’m so sorry you often feel that way at work; your comment is fantastic motivation for me to stretch myself a little bit when it comes to seeing others.

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Disappointed January 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Although Jay-Z did a nice thing here – he couldn’t be farther from believing any biblical truth. He is a Satanist, and I can’t believe that you as a Christian would go to any of his concerts and support him and then go home and write a cherry little article about it.

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Annie January 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I think Roo is doing exactly what Paul did when he preached – using examples pulled from the current culture to inspire with God’s truth. In Acts 17:22, Paul referenced an idol to relate to the people of Athens. He told the people that he knew they were religious and had beliefs because he saw an idol to an unknown god. He then used that idol to tell the about the true God.

Roo did the same thing. She never said “Jay-Z is such a godly person,” she used his actions to inspire others to share the love of Christ with others. I am sorry you did not see this.

As for going to his concert? Yes, that is personal convictions and you have a right to be disappointed if her convictions do not live up to yours. But I hope you can allow her to have her own convictions and if you still feel strongly, pray for her. :)

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Interesting statement to make, but it’s based on conjecture and not fact. The Internet also accuses George Bush of being the Anti-Christ and Mr. Rogers of being a pedophile, so I don’t really put too much stock into public speculation of someone’s else’s very personal beliefs.

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Shamiran January 20, 2014 at 11:54 am

I just wanted to defend Roo here. Although I agree that Jay-Z is not the best example, it is not for us to judge her or her taste in music; only God can judge her heart. No where has Roo indicated that Jay-Z is like God but since we are all created in God’s image (whether we believe in Him or not), we are going to display actions similar to Him. I think she was just pointing out that when Jay-Z let people know that he saw them, it reminded her that God also wants us to know that He notices us.

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Margaret January 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Even if he is a Satanist (which I just don’t know), it’s our job as Christians to engage with our culture in a meaningful way. Roo didn’t write a “cheery little article” she thought critically about an experience that she had an enjoyed and wrote about it in a meaningful way. I don’t think it’s very nice to criticize her and attempt to shame her just because *you* would not attend a Jay-Z concert.

I’m sure Roo can defend herself, but I find it disheartening when the idea that being a Christian means being as sheltered as possible and maintaining an “us v. them” attitude about everything is being pushed. Nothing gets done that way.

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Jen January 20, 2014 at 12:49 pm

^^^ yes, amen, what she said.

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Brad January 20, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Well, “Disappointed” … I’m disappointed that you failed to SEE the point Roo was making with this post. You might want to read through it again because I must have missed the part where she mentioned anything about Jay-Z’s personal beliefs.

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Michelle January 20, 2014 at 12:58 pm

I’m a little “disappointed” that Disappointed is hiding behind some anonymous name and not willing to personally stand behind the accusations that they make.
While Jay-Z is not the most upstanding citizen in the world (yes he did sell drugs to make a living at one point and i’m sure he’s had his full share of indiscretions), that doesn’t necesarilly make him a satanist and it doesn’t make Roo a bad person, or a bad Christian, that she likes to listen to his music. I love his music and have most of his albums! What does that make me? Less of a Christian? I don’t think so….
As others have also commented, we were all created in God’s image and we are all His children. He loves “Disappointed” just as much as he loves Roo and myself. I think this is a great article and it is exactly how we should be spreading the word of God, through the little things that we see and experience everyday.

let those without sin cast the first stone.

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Sandy January 20, 2014 at 8:11 pm

“Disappointed” is a perfect example as to why I have lost all respect for religion and for 97% of all religious people I have unfortunately encountered in my happy religion-less life. Roo falls into the very small 3% of people who have not berated/judged/acted holier than thou in her writings and for that, I respect her. Thanks for that Roo!

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Roo January 21, 2014 at 6:48 am

Sandy, usually you’ll get an email notification when someone replies to your comment, but ‘Disappointed’ used a fake email address, which is for sure a shame, as your comment is so indicative of what is wrong in the church. I’m grateful that you’ve not felt that way ‘around me’ (you know what I mean, haha). :)

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Shamiran January 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm

I wasn’t sure about this post at first as I’m not a Jay-Z fan at all but because I love you, Roo I kept reading. I love where you went with this and it’s amazing where and when God will speak to us. Thanks for sharing and reminding us that He does indeed notice us.

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 11:54 am

Hahaha, thanks for enduring despite the title, Shamiran. :)

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Val January 20, 2014 at 11:55 am

I love this so much. I’ve started praying the verse “open my eyes that I may see wonderful things” on the fly, and I always end up being gob smacked by beauty in odd places.

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm

A lovely thing to pray, Val. Thanks for the reminder!

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Margaret January 20, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Whoops, guess I jumped on the “defend Roo” bandwagon a little late up there, but anyway. I loved this post!

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Noooo, Margaret, I really loved your comment. Thank you for it! xo

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Miranda January 20, 2014 at 12:08 pm

I’ve always like his music but I’ve loved him since this…
http://huff.to/1eNj5Lq
-Miranda
http://www.mirandawritesblog.com

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm

I watched that clip awhile ago and was totally giddy over it. How chill is that? “Not too famous…”

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Christine January 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Yeah…Jay-Z isn’t my favorite but I can appreciate that he is able to step outside the glare of all the adulation and let people feel appreciated and seen. It is very important. Sometimes I note how rare it is that I see people giving cashiers and strangers on the street and little kids in shopping carts and old ladies sitting at the pharmacy…basically everyone…a real smile, a greeting, a sincere inquiry about their day, engaging in a simple but kind conversation. It just isn’t done by very many any longer. I was raised to see that as basic manners, something everyone deserved. If we each become aware of the need to be gentle with each other, it will change more than our interactions. It changes our own hearts. We DO soften toward each other, as you said, and that makes the hard things easier and the good things joyful. Great post, Roo.

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Really thoughtful comment, Christine, I appreciate that. I see so many people go through lines while on their cell phones, and while I can understand the need in case of emergency, I find it to reek a little of “Your job is to cater to me right now, I’m just going to silently swipe my credit card and be on my way.” Maybe that’s a little over-the-top, but your comment reminded me of that.

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Katherine January 20, 2014 at 2:05 pm

I was at Trader Joe’s last week and the checkout guy asked me how my day had been. I told him it had been pretty crappy, due to a sick baby who was very sad and whiny all day. He was sympathetic and commented that it is often the moms who get the brunt of it. I appreciated his sympathy, after a long day:) As I was leaving, he got his coworker to get me a bunch of flowers. Said he hoped my day got better.

It totally did. *He saw me*

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Wowwww, I love this, Katherine. What a stand-up checkout guy. :)

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Kelly {the Centsible Life} January 21, 2014 at 5:13 pm

That’s lovely! I always find the folks at Trader Joe’s to be genuine and they always go out of the way to be polite and kind.

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Kristin January 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm

I also find it so rude to be on the phone while in the middle of a transaction – as if you can’t call them back once you get to your car – ugh!

When I’m out shopping for anything I really try to look at people’s name tags and say “thank you ____” to them. It really lets them know you were paying attention, not just by looking in their eyes, but getting more personal by using their name as well.

Cheers to seeing people!

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Lauren January 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Loved the post, you had me captivated by the title:) I can definitely identify with seeing God in the places and moments you least expect Him. That’s what makes Him amazing. And that’s what happens when you live a life fully immersed in Him, not just on Sunday mornings. In response to the negative comment above, I believe that the church has failed to reach more people by being culturally irrelevant and judgmental. If Jay-Z is causing you to sin, by all means, stop listening to him. But it’s better to live in the world and not be of the world. Let your light shine, Roo:)

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm

“I believe that the church has failed to reach more people by being culturally irrelevant and judgmental.”

Wow, yes, this times a lot. Thanks for contributing to the conversation, Lauren. :)

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PEARLSPEAK January 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Hahah – I love this. I love the parallel. Right on. Also, I need to start “seeing” my roommate…

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Hahaha, good luck to you. If she leaves her hair in the shower, all bets are off, I say.

JK.

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PEARLSPEAK January 20, 2014 at 1:37 pm

*JK but only kind of

fixed! ;P

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Sara January 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Great post and reminder, Roo. I’m struggling to keep my cool with a coworker lately and maybe if I got to know him a little better, I’d see why he’s so distracted. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in our own issues that we forget that we aren’t the only ones dealing with hardships. You rock, Roo.

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Good luck to you, Sara! So glad you liked the post. :)

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Sara January 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Bahhh and your link to Erika’s post keeps 404ing on me.

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Shoot, I screwed that up somehow. Try now! :)

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meaghan January 20, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Thank you for this post. It really hits home.

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 3:15 pm

I’m glad it did, Meaghan! Thanks for commenting. :)

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Katie Lewis January 20, 2014 at 1:24 pm

I know you aren’t a “Christian blog” and your content isn’t for Christians specifically but… I love when you throw some God up into your posts. Your heart is beautiful and along with all the funny and real-life, it’s why I keep coming back.
Thank you for taking time to post and share! I’m reading through the Bible chronologically right now and literally JUST read that story but totally missed the significance of “El Roi”.
Hugs to you from Tennessee :)
Katie

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Thank you so much, Katie. Honestly, this means a lot to me. I know it’s a change of pace sometimes, and my goal certainly isn’t to offend anyone, so it’s nice to get a positive comment when I do edge into that territory a little. :)

Hugs back!

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Anastasia January 21, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Roo, as someone who is non-religious and often find those who are to be overwhelming, this post and all others where you mention God or anything spiritual are always something I can still completely relate to. I feel you do not have to believe in God to understand that taking the time to get to know someone or smile at a complete stranger and make them be seen can really brighten their day, and yours.

Thank you for keeping these posts so relatable and full of heart :)

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Natasha January 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm

I was all fangirl oh mah gawd it’s gonna be awesome pics of JayZ and Timbaland (and, srsly, Timbaland <3 <3 his old stuff with Aaliyah) and then, bam pow, you threw some amazing thinky hearty stuff in there. Thank you. I'm going to put my iPad down now and 'see' my 4 yo. And help him build some Lego trucks. And work harder on engaging. Because while I'm not super religious, even being raised Roman Catholic, I think this is all a good lesson we can learn in basic humanity. And caring. And that is something I can get behind.
And honestly, You just raised JayZ a few more notches in my eyes ;)

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Gahhh I love you for this comment, Natasha. All of the religious/spiritual stuff aside, I was hoping that people would think it’s relevant simply because we’re all humans. Thanks for this. :) xoxo

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Natasha January 20, 2014 at 5:12 pm

I’m all about humanity. And Timbaland.
Xox

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm

And Mis-SAY!

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MichelleLG January 20, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Fist bump. Best thing I’ve read all day. Love you girl!

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm

GIRL. Come here and gimme a hug. xoxo

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Amanda January 20, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I am amazed at how you can turn everyday experiences into a spiritual renewal, Roo. This was right on point. There are so many ways to distract ourselves today, and this was a good reminder of how those distractions affect the people around us, our relationships, and how we interact with the world. Thanks for this – great way to start the week off :)

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Aww shucks, Amanda. Thank you! :)

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Julie January 20, 2014 at 3:01 pm

No one has referenced Avatar yet either…maybe because it is so 2009. In Avatar hat same phrase “I see you” is used quite a few times.

Good one Roo, I’m so thankful for a God who sees!

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Roo January 20, 2014 at 3:24 pm

I didn’t see that! Thanks for mentioning it, Julie!

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Natasha January 20, 2014 at 5:10 pm

I was totes waiting on someone to mention avatar ;) the ‘I see you’ was prob one of my most lasting impressions from the movie

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Jen January 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Love your blog but never comment. This really spoke to me. I need to ‘see’ my kids more even if it’s a 10 minute uno game. Great post and love that you incorporated the bible story. Keep being truthful and who you are and don’t let ‘disappointed’ comments change your writing on topics like this. I needed to hear this today. Now off my phone to go whoop some 8 year old in uno attack!

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Megan January 20, 2014 at 3:28 pm

I appreciate you finding real-life applications of Biblical principles. I also like that you took it one step further to actually act on your observation. I think it’s important to remember that the little people, the ones you may overlook or not notice, are people, too.

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Kati January 20, 2014 at 4:09 pm

I just wanted to take a moment to tell you that I read a lot of blogs, but yours is the only one I ever feel compelled to comment on. I love that I can come here on Friday and lol at some funny GIFs and then come back on Monday and have my heart opened up in a way I totally didn’t expect. You’re the best, Roo! :)

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Desiree January 20, 2014 at 4:17 pm

First, I’m SO INCREDIBLY JEALOUS that you got to go to a Jay-Z concert – I would LOVE to see him live! And yes, caps lock is SO NECESSARY right now (see what I did there?)

And you’re right, it’s so important to be present, be aware, to see and be seen. And God’s cool like that; God will sneak up on you in the most random places and lay it down on you and that’s why God is great. So you just *brush your shoulders off* (did it again!) to those that say God can only be found in church on Sundays or in a quiet forest with the bunnies. God has an all access pass and can get in ANYWHERE, including a Jay-Z concert.

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Leslie January 20, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Hi Roo, Often times when that particular story is discussed, it is about how Sarai didn’t believe that God could give her a child at her age or how she treated Hagar. You completely blew me away with how you connected this story to a Jay Z concert. As I go through 2014 as the CFO of a nonprofit organization geared towards teaching young girls how to be sensible and a blogger (www.educatingparentsandchildren.com), I promise to let the youth know that I see the good in them.

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Sara January 20, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Thank you for this lovely post. I immediately shared it with my husband who does not share my faith, but can certainly relate to and see the value and truth in this message. Preach it, girl! :)

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Jennifer January 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm

I didn’t get to read all the comments but I just wanted to say this is one of my favorite posts ever, Roo. Thanks for sharing!

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edna January 20, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Read this this morning when I took my kiddos to the park and was like yes! Put my phone in my purse and got up off the bench and played with them. Thanks for the great reminder. You are a great writer and thought you should know your post stayed with me all day. Even came back to re read it this evening :)

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Stephanie January 20, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Great post Roo! This post is a fave.

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Allison January 20, 2014 at 9:18 pm

This was a great post – and I also really enjoyed reading the comments from other readers (something I don’t usually do).

As always, thanks for the perspective Roo!

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Heidi January 20, 2014 at 9:24 pm

One of my favorite posts of yours. “I see you.” I don’t know why it’s so powerful, but it is. It is a profoundly loving response to people; which is maybe why it feels like it costs so much to give.

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Melanie S January 20, 2014 at 9:45 pm

I read this this morning and had to let it percolate all day. Between work drama, a sick kid, making a dinner that I loved and my family hated, kids fighting over the injustice of everything, a husband who was grumpy over the thought of a snow day (he’s a music teacher), I kept thinking back to this. I almost didn’t read the post because I’m not a huge Jay-Z fan. But I am so glad I did. Because all those moments of a chaotic, frustrating night, I tried to really see my family. And I saw three kids that need both my husband and I to pay attention to their little moments. And a husband that doesn’t need me to be the organizer of the schedules, but a partner. At work, I saw coworkers who weren’t trying to start drama, they were just trying to be seen.
I can’t promise that I won’t withdraw or always see the people around me, but this was a great reminder to make that attempt everyday.

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KL January 20, 2014 at 9:57 pm

I really needed to read this today. Thank you.

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Kelli January 20, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Roo…that is exactly what you do when you call out all your lurkers! :) ! It is also why I love your blog so much. You take the time to make such thoughtful comments to your readers who regularly respond, but it also feels like you are inviting everyone to step out and join in the conversation. You see all of your readers! Thank you for such a
thought – provoking piece, Roo. You are making the world seem a little more within reach… a little bit friendlier and cozier!

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Larissa January 20, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Love this, Roo. My husband is so very good at “seeing” others and we were just talking the other night about how I can be better at it. One of his great pieces of advice was to not wait for the other person to engage. Take the initiative to say hi and give a smile. Regardless of religion, this is being human together.

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Nancy January 20, 2014 at 11:54 pm

Favorite post yet! (Though I do love the Friday posts!) This is so beautifully written. I need to work on “seeing” my almost 2 year old. I can often get so distracted by technology and electronics that I end up talking at her rather than to her and I don’t want her to remember her mom like that as she grows nor do I want her to think that it is ok to basically ignore the people around her. Thanks for this, it really hit home for me!

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Shelby January 21, 2014 at 2:14 am

Roooo! (Just like gooooaaaal! Only more fun cuz you use gifs on a regular basis)
Anywho, can’t sleep over here on the east side of the country, so thought I would catch up on your blog. That story of Hagar always leads me to ask question after question. But the one gem in that story I can grasp tightly is that god truly is El Roi, the one who sees. Thank you for this reminder tonight. May you know this name in a tangible way this week!

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Luann January 21, 2014 at 8:09 am

This was amazing, is it too late to make a new years resolution? I have to agree with the above commenters it so nice to read something religious that convicts my heart with out making me feel judged. Much much much love Roo!

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Lisa S January 21, 2014 at 10:12 am

Thank you for this. I LOVE THIS. All of it.

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Rebecca January 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

Thanks for another great post, Roo! I have to admit that one of the things I love most about your blog, besides your writing, is reading all the comments. I’ll read them the day-of and come back the next day to see what was contributed. Such a great community!

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Erica January 21, 2014 at 10:35 am

LOVE this post! Regardless of what we believe, it is always a gift to someone else to let them know that we SEE them. I recently read the passage in Genesis when Hagar calls God “El Roi,” and it resonates with me so much. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, and for reminding us that actually stopping and SEEING someone, entering into their world for even a few minutes, can meet a huge felt need for every person we encounter. We ALL want to be SEEN.

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Mellisa January 21, 2014 at 11:20 am

This post is wonderful! And thank you for making the point about really seeing people. While I may not work behind a register anymore, I did for most of my adult life, and when people don’t acknowledge that you’re there, waiting on them, it can really make you feel less than human. I always make sure to make eye contact with employees helping me. Once, a cashier teared up when I looked at her and smiled. In customer service, it’s the little things that can make or break your day, and feeling seen is so important! Thank you, Roo!

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Ellen OJ January 21, 2014 at 11:41 am

I. Love. This. And hey Roo…I see you, boo. ::wink::

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Kelly {the Centsible Life} January 21, 2014 at 5:16 pm

You have such a way with words. I love the connection you made here-and it’s a good reminder for all of us no matter our religion or musical taste.

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MissCaron January 22, 2014 at 9:26 am

Excellent post, Roo! Always good to be reminded to take the time to acknowledge others.

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Jacqueline January 22, 2014 at 10:43 am

Roo I can’t believe I almost missed this post! Super sweet analogy in the midst of teen love concerts ;)

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Jamie M. January 22, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Love this! I am a nurse and I find the most rewarding part of my job is when I connect to my patients as people not just their diagnosis. I love asking where they met their spouses- fav answer so far is rollerskating (which I have heard 2 or 3 times so far!!) The days I do not have the time to do that (you know when I am busy keeping people from dying and stuff) are far less rewarding and 10 times as emotionally draining. Those quick connections, at Target, or the bank, help feed your soul too…

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Kristin January 25, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Thank you for this post. I teach middle school and with so much craziness in the day, I realize that sometimes a week will go by and I’l think, “I don’t think I said a word to that kid all week.” It happens with the quiet, shy kids. I need to make extra effort to check in with those kids who don’t command attention to make sure they know I care about them too. :) (Also, I saw Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake this summer and it was mind-blowing. I brushed that dirt off my shoulders like no one’s bidness).

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Liz January 29, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I totally just quoted you in my discussion post for my graduate class. Quoted you for real, like with parenthetical references and a freakin’ works cited listing. You inspired me yo.

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michelleLG February 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Just needed to pop back in to let you know I’ve been unable to shake the post and the thene of being “seen.” I referenced this post in a women’s bible study teaching time (John Ch1, when Jesus tells Nathanial “I saw you”) and linked to you on our fb page, so if you get a little extra action on this page its my fault (shout out to my Sawyer and Converge Church ladies!) :) hugs Roo-girl and enjoy your mini blog vacay :)

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