When you talk to someone, whether it be a friend or a stranger, do you see them? Do you see their need? Do you see them for who they are or are you too busy thinking about what you are going to cook for dinner or if you are having a bad hair day? People need people. Plain and simple. God did not create us to be alone, He created us to need each other. For support, for love, for encouragement, for discipline, for hope, and for grace. He wants us to engage in relationships and form attachments that challenge and support eachother.
It is so easy to get caught up in our own lives, desires, thoughts, and distractions that we miss the opportunity to meet the need of a person standing right in front of us. Think about the people God has put in your life. Now think about how you have met a need of theirs. Most likely you have met only a few of their needs. Yet each one of them has a need that you can meet. Next time you talk to them, try to really SEE them. See the meaning behind the words, see what their need is and then see if you can meet it.
Let's take our eyes off of ourselves and SEE how we can help others.