Hear the Whisper or Feel the Brick
1 Corinthians 16:13 (MSG)
13-14 Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.
I was told about two boys who were riding a bike down a dirt road on a sunny afternoon. One boy was pedaling and the other boy was sitting on the handlebars. They seemed to be enjoying the ride more than anything else. Suddenly the bike's front tire caught a hole in the road and launched the boys into an overgrown grassy ditch. One of the boys was badly injured. They started yelling for any passerby to stop and assist them. One after another, people passed by without stopping. It was like their heart wrenching screams for attention were only faint whispers. Frustrated, the less injured boy grabbed a brick and hurled it at a car on the roadway. It crashed through the front passenger window and landed on the seat. The driver jammed his right foot onto the break pedal and the car screeched to a halt. He jumped out the car and ran in the direction the brick came from. The boys were lying in the ditch. Upset, the driver exclaimed, "Why did you chunk that brick at my car?" The boys replied, "Would you have stopped had we not thrown it?"
What will it take for you to stop and pay attention?
Will you hear the whisper or feel the brick?
If you consistently pay attention - you will never go broke in any aspect of your life.
Everyday, something is fighting for your attention. You can choose to ignore it or you can wait until something major happens. The cries for attention can appear faint if who or what is calling does not carry great significance in our lives. I contend that life’s little annoyances can appear so loud that we miss out on what we really need to be paying attention to. We are too busy taking care of trivial matters that we neglect the important.
The flip is that some people have become comfortable just yelling for attention. And like the man who sat at the pool of Bethesda in John chapter 5 – your cries for attention have become excuses for not getting up. Now is your time to quit complaining and whispering. Pick up a brick and demand attention.
I challenge you to review your life and see where you have walked blindly into places not because of faith but because of vanity or pride. What are areas that you have become complacent in and now your life demands change. Whether you adhere to the whisper or feel the brick – you must make a change.
(side note) I’m not promoting violence of any kind. These bricks are allegorical.