When a teacher has something special to say to the class, he or she waits until all eyes are up front; even insists that it be so before the news or instruction is delivered.
When a parent wants to be sure he hears and understands, little Timmy finds his hands cradled in strong, gentle hands while the will of the parent is explained eye to eye.
When siblings have plans at about a certain time, eye-contact is all it takes to launch a plan of action.
When athletes on the basketball court or other playing field need to communicate in a split-second – a look is all it takes.
When discovering and deciphering their love for each other, looks and expressions are vital to couples in love. Desired. Longed for. The eyes speak volumes.
When an employee has a concern, the boss’s eyes convey whether or not the matter has been heard and understood.
When a witness tell his or her story, jurors compare the eyes’ messages with the tongue’s account, and measure the latter’s credibility.
Similarly, we need to make excellent use of eye contact in corporate worship. To sing into thin air diminishes the quality of the words being expressed, while singing and communicating with the eyes adds value to the message of the moment. Whether you’re one of three on the platform this week, in a choir of 40, or the songleader, your eyes speak with you and for you. They add depth to your thoughts. They reinforce -or dilute- your message, depending on how you carry yourself.
When you look at a visitor and there’s “welcome” in your eyes, you make a difference. When you see the face of one in pain today, and empathy links you for a moment, you share that brother or sister’s load. When there’s joy in one’s eyes and you connect, it multiplies.
Use your eyes, they are indeed the windows to the soul, the soul in worship.