"And Peter directed his gaze toward him, as did John..." (Acts 3:4)
This man had become accustomed to less than cordial greetings. The temple goers, most certainly had grown cold of his existence, he was merely another noise amongst everything else going on. Those who did take the time to put money in his basket, probably didn't take the time to learn of his story or even share a few moments of conversation. But these apostles did something unexpected. They stopped and directed their attention, looked intently into the man's eyes. They were seemingly stopped in time, in order, to empathize with the man's pain. They saw the one laid at their gate.
For me, it is easy to get caught up in the business of church and even religion. It is relatively simple to get settled in doing good things, but miss the individuals in front of us. Taking a few more moments to listen, taking a few more moments to look, and taking a few more moments to ask questions is what I need to do. Then I will see the individual and not the problem. How about you?