My Own Little World

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost walked into someone or tripped on a sidewalk because I was looking down at my phone. In fact, there have been multiple days where I’ve walked across campus to get to class in a crowd of people, but I didn’t see any of them because I was so fixated on my phone or lost in my own thoughts.

Even though my eyes were open, I failed to see others.

Between texting friends and scrolling through Instagram, I get so caught up in my own little world and become oblivious to the one around me. With my head down, I let my world consist of my schedule, my friends, and my interests, with very little time for anything else.

But how can I live on mission for Christ when I can’t even see the ones He’s called me to serve? How can God open my eyes to the needs of the world if I refuse to look up from my own?

If we want to see the world around us, we must start by fixing our gaze on Jesus and posturing ourselves in a position of prayer, asking God to remove the distractions and allow us to see the world through Jesus’ eyes. Then everyday tasks, such as walking to class, become missional opportunities.

When we are in a posture of continual prayer before the Father, we become fixated on His will rather than our own. He illuminates the needs of the people around us and provides opportunities for us to serve others, build relationships, and share the gospel.

Don’t miss the world around you just because you can’t see it. Look up from your distractions and look to Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith (Heb. 12:2).


Emily Killen is a recent grad and current graduate student of Samford University who loves exploring and tasting all that Birmingham has to offer.

 

 

 

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