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[{"status":"publish","site_id":"1","date":1645056000000,"title":"Being Seen","author":"1464688","bible_in_a_year":"<a href=\"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+21%E2%80%9322%3B+Matthew+28\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"scripture reference verse\" class=\"scripture-link\" data-category=\"scripture-link\" data-action=\"bible-in-a-year\" data-label=\"Bible in a Year\">Leviticus 21–22; Matthew 28</a>","bible_in_a_year_references":"Leviticus 21–22; Matthew 28","bible_in_a_year_url":"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+21%E2%80%9322%3B+Matthew+28","categories":[1424880,1424849,1424795],"tags":[],"content":"<p>In an article on mentoring, Hannah Schell explains that mentors need to support, challenge, and inspire, but &ldquo;first, and perhaps foremost, a good mentor sees you. . . . Recognition, not in terms of awards or publicity but in the sense of simply &lsquo;being seen,&rsquo; is a basic human need.&rdquo; People need to be recognized, known, and believed in.</p>\n<p>In the New Testament, Barnabas, whose name means &ldquo;Son of Encouragement,&rdquo; had a knack for &ldquo;seeing&rdquo; people around him. In Acts 9, he was willing to give Saul a chance when the other disciples &ldquo;were all afraid of him&rdquo; (v. 26). Saul (also called Paul; 13:9) had a history of persecuting believers in Jesus (8:3), so they didn&rsquo;t think &ldquo;he really was a disciple&rdquo; (9:26).</p>\n<p>Later, Paul and Barnabas had a disagreement over whether to take Mark with them to &ldquo;visit the believers in all the towns where [they&rsquo;d] preached&rdquo; (15:36). Paul didn&rsquo;t think it was wise to bring Mark along because he&rsquo;d deserted them earlier. Interestingly, Paul later asked for Mark&rsquo;s assistance: &ldquo;Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry&rdquo; (2 Timothy 4:11).</p>\n<p>Barnabas took time to &ldquo;see&rdquo; both Paul and Mark. Perhaps we&rsquo;re in Barnabas&rsquo; position to recognize potential in another person or we&rsquo;re that individual in need of a spiritual mentor. May we ask God to lead us to those we can encourage and those who will encourage us.</p>\n","excerpt":"<p>In an article on mentoring, Hannah Schell explains that mentors need to support, challenge, and inspire, but &ldquo;first, and perhaps foremost, a good mentor sees you. . . . Recognition, not in terms of awards or publicity but in the sense of simply &lsquo;being seen,&rsquo; is a basic human need.&rdquo; People need to be recognized, known, and believed in.</p>\n<p>In the New Testament, Barnabas, whose name means &ldquo;Son of Encouragement,&rdquo; had a knack for &ldquo;seeing&rdquo; people around him. In Acts 9, he was willing to give Saul a chance when the other disciples &ldquo;were all afraid of him&rdquo; (v. 26). Saul (also called Paul; 13:9) had a history of persecuting believers in Jesus (8:3), so they didn&rsquo;t think &ldquo;he really was a disciple&rdquo; (9:26).</p>\n<p>Later, Paul and Barnabas had a disagreement over whether to take Mark with them to &ldquo;visit the believers in all the towns where [they&rsquo;d] preached&rdquo; (15:36). Paul didn&rsquo;t think it was wise to bring Mark along because he&rsquo;d deserted them earlier. Interestingly, Paul later asked for Mark&rsquo;s assistance: &ldquo;Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry&rdquo; (2 Timothy 4:11).</p>\n<p>Barnabas took time to &ldquo;see&rdquo; both Paul and Mark. Perhaps we&rsquo;re in Barnabas&rsquo; position to recognize potential in another person or we&rsquo;re that individual in need of a spiritual mentor. May we ask God to lead us to those who we can encourage and those who will encourage us.</p>\n","insights":"<p>The believers in Jesus in Jerusalem didn&rsquo;t trust Saul (also called Paul) and questioned whether his conversion was genuine. But what was the reaction of his former colleagues who&rsquo;d worked with him to persecute the Christians? Acts 9:29 mentions Paul&rsquo;s interaction with the &ldquo;Hellenistic Jews&rdquo; who &ldquo;tried to kill him.&rdquo; While a number of the Hellenists believed in Christ (6:1&ndash;7), many more didn&rsquo;t. Hellenistic Jews were prominent in the group that conspired in Stephen&rsquo;s martyrdom (6:8&ndash;7:59). It&rsquo;s ironic that Paul was a key player among those who killed Stephen (7:58), and now that same group wanted to kill him. (This targeting of Paul may have helped assure the Jewish Christians that Paul&rsquo;s conversion was real.) Those who&rsquo;d killed Stephen thought they&rsquo;d eliminated a problem. They hadn&rsquo;t considered that one of their own would step up to take Stephen&rsquo;s place.</p>","passage":"<a href=\"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+9%3A26%E2%80%9330\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"scripture reference verse\" class=\"scripture-link\" data-category=\"scripture-link\" data-action=\"passage\" data-label=\"Scripture Passage\">Acts 9:26–30</a>","passage_url":"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+9%3A26%E2%80%9330","passage_reference":"Acts 9:26–30","response":"<p>How have you been encouraged by someone who believed in you? How can you help others who need encouragement?</p>","thought":"<p>Father, help me to see and encourage others.</p>\r\n<p>Learn more about what it means to lead and encourage others&nbsp;at <a href=\"https://https//odbu.org/courses/ML102?utm_source=FEBRUARY+17+ODB+&amp;utm_medium=EMAIL+AND+APP&amp;utm_campaign=ML102+Leadership+Basics\">https://odbu.org/courses/ML102?utm_source=FEBRUARY+17+ODB+&amp;utm_medium=EMAIL+AND+APP&amp;utm_campaign=ML102+Leadership+Basics</a></p>","verse":"<p>When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. <a href=\"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+9%3A26\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"scripture reference verse\" class=\"scripture-link\" data-category=\"scripture-link\" data-action=\"verse\" data-label=\"Key Verse\">Acts 9:26</a></p>\n","meta":"[object Object]","insight_question":"","author_name":"Julie Schwab","slug":"being-seen","insights_author":"6","insights_author_id":"6","email_image_url":"https://d626yq9e83zk1.cloudfront.net/ebread/dailyimages/odbdevo_20220217e.jpg","preheader_text":"In an article on mentoring, Hannah Schell explains that mentors need to support, c...","brand_logo_url":"https://odb.org/wp-content/themes/odbm-base-ourdailybread/images/odb_logo.svg","language":"","date_id":1645056000000}]