It is amazing the lengths to which some people will go to get attention. Some sports fans dress up in garish outfits with their team’s colors; some skip the shirts altogether and paint those colors on their bare chests. Other people are caught up in the fashion trends to make sure that they are noticed for being stylishly chic. I recall a college student getting up on a table in the lunch room and saying, “Attention! Attention! May I have your attention?!?” As the room got quiet to hear the announcement, the student said, “Thanks, I love the attention!”
I read a story about a college professor who consistently brought a tennis ball to his class each day. As he placed his lecture material down, he would always place the ball on the podium. He never touched it or referred to it during his lectures, but he always put it in the same spot before speaking. One day a student fell asleep during his lecture, so the professor grabbed the tennis ball and threw it hitting the young man’s head. The co-ed woke with a start, and the professor continued without missing a beat. Nothing was mentioned about it, but everyone in class knew what had happened. The next day the class of students decided to stay remarkably alert when the professor went through his familiar ritual but brought a baseball instead.
God often uses suffering to get our attention. There are lessons that we can learn no other way. If we refuse to hear Him and heed His direction, He can substitute a baseball for the tennis ball. What is He trying to say to you? Does He have your attention?
Prayer point: Please pray for God to use our Next Gen Ministries to reach, grow, equip and mobilize our students and children in their walk with God, their faith practice and their missional witness.
Today’s Reading: 1 Peter 5:1