“What happened? Are you OK?” I asked while trying hard not to laugh.
“I bumped on the wall!”
“Are you OK?”
“OK, Let’s go!”
The scenario has happened more than once on countless kids in my short number of years handling children. It begins with me telling the child to come with me and choose a toy or a card or a game that we could use while working. Then in a mad rush of excitement or in a slow walk of disinterest, the child often bumps into a wall. Although there has been no big damage on them, I still can’t figure out how they managed to bump into that same wooden wall every time. I mean the wall was huge and out of our way, yet the kids still bumps into it.
Before anyone could protest how cruel I could be for allowing the kids to hit the wall, most often it is their fault. Every single time I followed them to and fro our cubicle, I always noticed that they were looking elsewhere. One time, my kid ran away while looking at the door that leads out to the waiting area probably in hopes of getting a glimpse of his mom or his companion. His head was turned and he was intent on looking out the door that he didn’t notice that he is already close to the wall. Before I could even warn him, his head has already collided with the wall.
Most of the time, the kids would just laugh at themselves.
Well, it is funny after all.
That, and children, in their innocence, know nothing about humiliation.
With adults it’s a fairly different story.
There’s anger. There’s embarrassment. There’s fury. The adult might even take down the wall right there and then. They might even put all the blame on the wall, on first person they see or on themselves.
The reaction of the kids and the adults may seem very far apart but the cause of bumping, falling down, tripping, or any form of collision between the body and a solid object is the same. The adults and the children often don’t look at where they are going. In most cases they are looking elsewhere and are so engrossed or distracted that they end up into a collision course.
Kids, adults, or any form of human always gets lost and distracted. When our feet seem to be going one way, our head turns from side to side seemingly leading our attention away from our destination. This doesn’t happen only physically. More often for adults, it happens spiritually.
Many times, we have seen people, brethren, getting out of the door from their denomination out of spite. Some may have had enemies within or may have had seen a lot of things inconsistent with their beliefs, traditions or doctrines. This has caused them to abandon faith and religion and move on somewhere else, more often to a solid wall of sin, complacency, pride, or loathing. Some may feel compelled to stop going to church and nurse their feelings of guilt, shame, anger or resentment to the confines of their home or to their work. Little do they notice that their chosen path is a big distraction from the real truth.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
Christians get distracted by those around them. They fail to recognize the real path to truth and life is only the Christ they claim to believe. They seem to think that the person to emulate is the one right next to them whether an elder, a pastor, a priest, a deacon or a youth leader. Yet, those people are ALWAYS a disappointment.
Humans are all on a level playing field. We are never above or beneath each other. Stands to reason why we shouldn’t look at each other for comparison. We shouldn’t base our faith, our adherence to religion, our sanity or even our self worth on those people around us. Looking at others we only see a mirror of our selves bumping into walls. We should be distracted.
Instead we should look up to someone who’s definitely higher than us. A person who showed that it is neither by adherence to traditions or religion nor by looking at others for example. A person who showed us that the correct path is all about love: Giving love and expecting nothing in return. Let us look up only to Christ.
In the end, getting distracted by what others say or do or think is no way of getting to the right path. It will only lead us to hit a wall. Don’t take the risk of colliding into the wall, the head injury is either traumatic or fatal.
Christ is the only way. He is the only truth. He is the only life. Our attention should only be on Him, nothing more, nothing less.
Of course, that’s easier said than done.