There is that moment when you walk up in the line to check into the flight and they ask your name and take your license and you wait while they type and look at the screen.
The same moment happens when you step into the rental car place and do the same drill. You give information and wait idly.
Then there is the time you check into a hotel and you just wait while they type away searching for your info and confirming whatever reservations you have made.
Those moments can cause just a second of wondering.
Did I fill that out right? Did I use the right card? Did they get my rewards number? What if it’s wrong? What if the flight is overbooked? What if they don’t have the car? What if the room is not available?
It’s in those moments when you really want to be known. You want the person on the other side of the counter to know who you are and kindly accommodate your journey.
I have primarily used the same rental car place when I travel for Legacy Now. Over time, it has been cool when I walk in and they know my name, what I want, and how quickly the process is to get a car and go. It’s likely why I keep using them, I’m known.
It’s true for all of us. We want to be known. We want the comfort that comes when people see us not as a commodity or strain, but a relationship.
The powerful effect of this truth is massive. The God of the universe made us this way. He put a hole in our heart that is filled through known relationships. And that is only fully completed with Him.
In student ministry, this principal is a biggie. We are working with a generation who is relationally challenged. I love my high school dudes that I lead right now, but it’s crazy that the primary way to communicate with them is via snapchat. Being known to a teenager right now is an interesting concept.
That being said, one of the most powerful things you can do in your ministry is help your students move towards the truth that God wants to know them. You do that through truth and through the relationships you create in your culture that points in that direction. It’s why I’m all in on small groups. That relationally-invested leader is a primary connection to help a student be known.
Next time you are in line waiting to check in take a moment and catalog that feeling. Remember the peace that comes if everything works out and goes as planned. And remember you get to offer that peace to others in a relationship with Jesus.