One Way: The Jesus Glasses
I remembered in college being challenged to see people as Christ sees them. This summer I gave a "message" (sermon, homily, whatever you prefer) that pretty much said our identity is found in God because we were created in God's image.
At one point I said the following:
When Jesus sat across from the woman (at the well) he didn't see a whore, but he saw a woman in need of healing. When God looked down at Saul on the road to Damascus he didn't see a villain but he saw a future disciple.
The idea behind this thought is that God/Jesus, (our model, perfecter of faith) sees people with a different lens, not as broken but as beautiful. In retrospect I struggle with this concept. It isn't that I disagree with it but I find it so daunting. I admit that I cannot look at people like Jesus does. It is a great challenge but it leaves me frustrated and discouraged.
Second Way: The Jesus Gene
Recently I was challenged to see people in another way. Not as Jesus sees them, but rather to see Jesus in them. For me this just works a lot better. I don't think one is "better" than another but when I look at someone as carrying the DNA of Christ, because they are a splendid part of creation, it is more encouraging.
The challenge still remains: how will you look at people today?