Why noticed?

When Do I Want to Be Noticed?

The first question in the framework is, “When Do I Want to Be Noticed?”  I’ll explain why I start here, but first, I have another question for you.

Does being noticed feel like a bad thing or a good thing?

If it feels bad, then I’m guessing you are asking this question spiritually. We’ve had it hammered into us that we should not draw attention to ourselves. That the people who want to be noticed are somehow self-centered or needy. And there can be some truth to that.

But answer that question in a work context. You should be noticed for lots of things, like doing good work. If you are a leader, you want your team to notice things about how you work that they should emulate. And if you’re in sales, you are constantly trying to find ways to stand out in the crowd.

Being noticed highlights the gap between what we’ve been taught about being Christians and what it means to be good at our jobs. That gap is part of why we have such a hard time applying the Bible to our work.

So, when do you want to be noticed?

God made us to be noticed.

We are created in his image; living images are meant to be seen and heard. But beyond that, we can’t do what he’s commanded us to do without being noticed.

  • Being salt and light (Matt. 5:13-14)
  • Go and make disciples (Matt. 28:19)
  • Loving one another (John 13:35)

Try doing any of those things without being noticed.

The point of this question is not if we want to get noticed, because we will. It’s not even so much about what we are noticed for, as that will be different for every one of us.

The point is, why do we want to be noticed? The answer will always be a mix of things, some good, some bad, some very circumstantial.

God sees all those things, and he knows where each fits in your life. He also has a plan for how you will bring him glory, which is the ultimate reason to be noticed.

Those answers are all in God’s Word. I promise you, if you can honestly answer the question “When do I want to be noticed?” God will give you something from his word that will speak to that.

Try it, and you’ll see.

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Find out why this question starts with “When.”