Thursday, 8 March 2018
Sometimes we are so engrossed in our thoughts that we are oblivious to our surroundings especially people around us. I was waiting for my friends at a food court yesterday. A group of people arrived and sat at a nearby table. Without asking me, a lady pulled a chair (for herself) from my table to their table.
Has courtesy disappeared from our society?
I was tempted to ‘claim my rights’ and give her ‘a piece of my mind’ but I resisted the temptation to do something worse than what she has done. Thank God for the Holy Spirit who held me back from making a scene.
Nevertheless, I decided to ‘chope’ [reserve] the chairs. When my friends arrived, I told them what had happened and they shared their recent encounters with people at other food courts.
If we continue to behave the way we do today, what will become of our younger generations?
I have observed people giving up seats for children on the MRT [train] who don’t even say ‘thank you’. Why are some parents not teaching their children to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’? Why are some parents allowing their children to run around while they are eating? Why are some parents allowing their children to watch movies on their tablet or mobile phone during dinner time? Why are we chatting with other people on our mobile phones and not with the people sitting with us? It seems like the norm nowadays - adults do it, children will do it when they grow older – ‘monkey see, monkey do’.
On the way home, I had another encounter on the MRT. A teenager and I boarded the train at the same time. He swiftly sat on an empty seat, oblivious to the people around him. I tend to look at such people for a long time (which is not very polite because they think that I’m staring at them). This young man simply fixed his eyes on the floor in front of him. He wasn't even looking at his mobile phone!
Are we becoming a society of self-absorbed people?
Notwithstanding the above, I have also observed people helping the vision-impaired and giving way to the wheelchair-bound commuters. I earnestly pray that we have more gracious people in our society.
Dear Father God,
Your Word commands us to be salt of the earth and light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16). Let us be sprinkled everywhere like salt so that we can make a difference on the earth. Let us shine as Your light shines through us for everyone to see Christ in us. Let Christ reign in our hearts and minds.
In Jesus' beautiful name I pray.
Jesus is saying, “COME, FOLLOW ME and I will make you FISHERS OF MEN.” The first disciples responded IMMEDIATELY. What about us?
Lam Yee Ling