It’s an interesting phenomenon. With technology we have the ability to see the world. You can find just about anything you want, just Google it. It seems to me the farther we are able to see, the less we see what’s right around us.
Recently I made the decision to avoid Facebook and Instagram for 2014. It was not some inspired New Year’s Resolution. I began to notice something. I saw the world in the perspective of how it could be my next status or picture that I would post up for the world to see. I didn’t want to live life that way. I got so caught up in checking out pictures and updates from friends all around the world, I was neglecting the time with friends nearby and even family. I’m not promoting this to everyone, it was a personal thing. Hopefully, most of you all are able to self-regulate the attention you give to other things. It’s not just social media. This can happen with the things of life that we are looking so far ahead at. This could be school, work, home projects, or anything that we get so far-sighted on that we miss out on right now.
It seems in general people are becoming less aware of their surroundings. In a recent trip to Costco, I avoided about five collisions, and I was just in there for diapers! People walk out of the aisles without even looking to see if they are entering the path of someone else. Checking out was madness as people jammed the walkways and had no desire to get out of the way. I won’t even begin to tell you about the parking lot.
It’s everywhere. People seem to be less and less aware of their surroundings, or simply just don’t care. Maybe their faces are buried in their phones and tablets, maybe their minds are just so far off they are unaware people are around them. Life is going on around them.
I want to be more aware of the now and what’s going on around me. I want to be more present with my kids. I want to notice when someone around me is hurting or in need. I want to be conscious that life is going on around me. I also think this is something that is Biblical too. In Matthew 25 Jesus is talking about the final judgment. 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
If we are not even aware of our surroundings, we will never see those that are hungry, thirsty, unwelcomed, naked, and sick. “And these,” as Jesus says, “will go away to eternal punishment.”
May your 2014 be a year that allows you to see all that is going on around you, in the present. Life is going on around you, don’t miss it. Happy New Year. -jason