Almost everywhere I go, I have my earbuds in.
Since living in a city requires a decent amount of time to be dedicated to travel, music has become an even greater friend of mine than before. Whether I’m walking to the store, doing an assignment in the cafe, or riding on the bus, on a normal day I am listening to music.
It’s not that I’m trying to be anti-social or anything. I just like how music makes you feel and think, it truly can be an inspiration and a comfort.
Like any other time while awaiting my bus, I decided to pop my headphones in and listen to my new songs. I had missed the bus I was intending to grab (story of my life) and I knew that I would have to catch a different one if I didn’t want to stay outside for another 30 minutes.
Foot tapping and eyes on the massive Christmas tree in City Centre, I didn’t even realize that someone was standing next to me, much less trying to talk to me.
I was so embarrassed and ashamed of myself. The woman had been asking what bus would take her closest to the destination she was trying to reach. By the time I had my music shut down and my headphone out, the man on my other side had already answered her.
I quickly apologized and went to check the route for the bus in question. We then began a nice conversation which lasted several minutes past the arrival of our ride.
Hebrews 13:16 reminds us to “not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
But, much like my situation with the music, sometimes we get so caught up in our own lives that we fail to realize there are people surrounding us in need of the Good News, of encouragement, of a smile.
When I put my headphones in, my intention certainly wasn’t to isolate myself but that’s exactly what it did. While I was busy singing the lyrics to ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You” in my head, someone right beside of me was being neglected.
God calls us to serve others and to do good. Notice how the author also refers to these two tasks as a sacrifice.
You see, a sacrifice requires an amount of discomfort and humility. Serving others means putting the needs of another above our own. Doing good means dying to our flesh and living in the Spirit.
None of these things come naturally, but through the strength and guidance of the Holy Spirit are we able to live in obedience.
Be aware of where you are and what God may be trying to teach you in a certain space. Do not become some consumed by your own circumstances that you no longer open your ears or your heart to the needs of others around you.
Let the way in which we lead our lives be a testament to the goodness and grace of our Father in Heaven and may His light shine through us in all that we say, do, and think.