I Must Tell Rosa

Monday, February 18, 2019
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Luke 12:7 – Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (NIV)

There are many references to hair in the Bible, but this particular one challenges my imagination — to think that God even knows the number of our hairs.

Some males like myself, with few hairs on our heads, may make the numbering challenge easier. A retired bank chairman, who is almost totally bald, once told me that he had asked his barber to give him a discount. His barber snorted in return, "Discount? I was thinking of charging you extra. I have to use a magnifying glass to even find some hairs to cut!"

Rosa is a lovely lady who comes to our building to trim hair for some of the men, but primarily to help the ladies look more beautiful by having their hair done.

Most women like to have their hair beautified. My wife was blessed with hair that never changed colour (no grey hairs) but she always enjoyed having a periodic wash, trim, and set. Even in the latter days, she appreciated the hairdresser visiting our home so that she could have her hair done.

Recently, I complimented a neighbour on how lovely her hair looked. She pleasantly and appropriately responded with a grateful "Thank you very much."

She then surprised me by quickly saying, "I must tell Rosa."

That comment made me think. She had graciously accepted the compliment, but to her, it was more important to recognize the person who made her lovely hairdo possible.

How often do we take credit for something without recognizing the persons or circumstances that made it possible? How often do we fail to "tell Rosa"?

On another occasion, this same neighbour taught me another important lesson.

When we rode up the elevator, I noticed that she appeared bothered about something. After leaving the elevator, we stopped outside her door, just three doors from mine. She shared her problem for a few minutes and I offered some brief words of encouragement. I then turned to leave for my own room.

As I left, she thanked me for taking the time to listen. I didn't feel that I had done anything significant at all. I had just listened, and only for a few brief minutes.

I realized that there are two important lessons here: giving thanks and taking time to listen are both simple things to do and often take little time. But invariably, each brings rewards far greater than the effort involved for both the giver and the receiver.

All this made me realize that these helpful acts are things that each of us can easily do.

We all have time to use as we wish. Some of the things that we can do with our time are to give thanks and to listen. We never know how helpful that can be. I was certainly surprised. You might be also!

Luke 6:31 – Do to others as you would have them do to you. (NIV)

Prayer: Dear God, help us always to take care to share credit with others for those things for which we receive praise. Help us to be willing to "tell Rosa". May we also be willing to give our time to others. May we be wise in sharing our faith and leading others to the way of salvation through Jesus Christ. In His name, we pray. Amen.

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Vincent Walter <vwalter@bell.net>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good word today Vincent!

    A good challenge, Vincent.

    How is this accomplished?

    So true, thanks for the reminder, Vincent!

    Thank you, Vincent. As always, sound advice and counsel.

    Such a great reminder. Something we can and should do often.

    Thanks for your wise words.

    Thank you for this reminder. Tell Rosa will be shared with my church group. Lovely story.

    A good reminder of what we can all so easily do.

    Thank you, Vincent: wise and instructive words that carry much blessing in them.
    God bless you,

    Thank you, sir. I love the Lord but… I am a woman with male pattern baldness! This message of love, was for me. I hate to get my picture taken as it shows a lot of my white skin on my head! I am thankful for God’s love to me.

    Thank you, once again, Vincent.
    Your unique insights invite us to take time to be encouraging human beings to others. I will remember to “tell Rosa” today.

    Dear Walter, I don’t know you, but I can always recognize it’s you writing the devotion. You always have such a kind and thoughtful message.
    Thank you for today’s. As we get older, it’s the little kindnesses that make the difference. I certainly will remember Rosa.

    Very nice. I am still living in my house and dependent on others to drive anywhere. I consider myself fortunate but I see now one advantage of living in an assisted living venue. Your devotion today confirms what I have been practicing whenever I can.
    Thanks for submitting.

    Good Morning Vincent,
    How I wish Texas and Ontario were closer together. I think I would greatly enjoy visiting with you.
    We have a housekeeper who comes every two weeks. Her name is Rosa and I do tell her ALL the time how much she is appreciated.

    Hello Vince,
    Many thanks for another very good and very meaningful devotional this morning.
    It is so true that the simplest things we could do for others may be a tremendous help to their life situation. Blessings to you for your writings and thoughtfulness.

    Hello my friend
    I knew this was yours. How beautiful and yes, so important, to give credit where credit is due and to take the time to listen or just to be there. It sure can help make a person also feel like they are validated when someone takes the time.
    God bless you, you are a ray of sunshine.

    Dear Vince,
    “God knowing the number of hairs on our head,” is truly amazing, especially since that number changes throughout the day!
    Thank you for your message this morning.
    Blessings to you!

    Vincent: you have done it again. you bring us into the midst of your story and its message stays lodged in our minds.
    When you shared incidents from your childhood home, visitors at mealtime and your mother sending out the code to be satisfied with less, it spoke eloquently of humble hospitality.
    “I must tell Rosa” will resonate with me for many moons.

    Hi Walter
    Thanks for an enjoyable piece today.
    I chuckled because l have dry brittle hair which sheds a lot so l imagine the challenge of subtraction done anytime l do my hair.
    But l guess God, in his infinite love for me, does not mind at all.
    Thanks again and have a blessed week!!!!

    Dear Brother Vince,
    Once again, I thank you for another very beautifully inspiring devotional.
    It got me to thinking about our PresbyCan editor Robin Ross. I can’t speak for all the writers at PresbyCan but his editorial expertise sure does help!
    He works tirelessly, lovingly, humbly, and patiently behind the scenes, offering expertise advice, helpful critiques, and most appreciative suggestions, and then…goes above and beyond and even reads the devotionals for us on the podcast.
    Your devotional today brother Vince has inspired me to say “Thank you Robin for all that you do in Jesus Name Amen”
    Brother Vince again thank you for your beautiful writings.

    Vincent, thank you for sharing these important reminders to be thankful and courteous. Blessings.

    Dear Vincent Walter,
    Thanks again for a devotional with which I could spend time gracefully and lovingly involved in its sentiments and prayers.
    Keep writing.

    Thank you Vince. After reading this, l think l need to do a better job “telling Rosa” especially to my direct reports at work. And it’s nice to be reminded of the importance of lending an ear to one another.

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