The Self-Absorbed World

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It seems that people are out to grab your attention – often for personal gain. They either have something to sell, or they want to waste your precious time and provoke your emotions.

You have the stereotypical billboards and syndicate magazines that advertise people to buy the latest in high-end fashion, or the state-of-the-art va-va-voom. How much layers of clothing can we wear at any given time? Are the streets not flooded enough with vehicles? It doesn’t help when the average household own around 2-3 cars.

As for the ladies – they are targeted by the powersuits of marketing executives to exploit women’s weakness of outward beauty, as they advertise the latest in cosmetic range. Please… please look at yourselves in the mirror and accept that you are incredibly beautiful without the makeup. Use makeup if you’ve embarrassed yourself by walking in front of a shop-glass front – only to discover a massive bruise on your forehead, but in everyday living – there’s no need! Besides, how often will you walk in front of a shop-glass front… hardly ever!

For us blokes, we are targeted by the latest in buttons and all things in technology. Why would you want another phone? Do you really need to upgrade your all-in-one camera phone from a 5-megapixel to an 8-megapixel? Why not invest in a consumer level SLR digital camera? Or even better, split your eggs from your central basket and buy a modest phone, camera and music player – so you won’t sulk like a wet towel if you lose your prized phone.

I for one am blessed to not overly convert myself to the latest in gadgetry. I still have an old-style mobile phone that does phone calls and text messaging. Let’s just say that I’m not going to be angry or become upset if I lose it. The same applies with my modest Canon 350D SLR digital camera. Though I wish I had a full-framed professional camera, I don’t think I will need so much advancements purely to take photographs that I happily take with my current model.

The presence of social media doesn’t help either in this self-absorbed world. Typically there are people who will randomly follow you on Twitter, without knowing diddly-squat about you. Is it an enlightening tweet that has gained you new followers, or simply because they have a product to sell?

For the likes of people like me who blog, well – I don’t advertise for gain. I do however, strive to encourage others in Christian light, but I mainly reflect upon my walk and faith in the LORD, by celebrating the small things of everyday life. I may not be selling, but nonetheless blogging is an example of one’s expression of a self-absorbed world that we live in. At the end of the day, we are driven by the attention towards ourselves. Nature itself calls out for attention.

The dog or cat wants your attention…
A young child wants your attention…
Your teacher wants your attention…
Your parents want your attention…
Your boyfriend / girlfriend wants your attention…
Your wife / husband wants your attention…

Your Father in Heaven, and our LORD and Saviour wants YOUR attention…

Unfortunately, it’s often that God gets the least attention, and yet He remains patient with us. It is the LORD’s hope that we will come to know Him in faith and prayer, and accept Christ Jesus to be our LORD and Saviour. He longs for us to know Him.

Perhaps if we truly value the LORD with enough sincerity in our hearts, we will become less absorbed with our own troubles, and instead, turn to others and minister to them in God’s love and witness to them of the Good News and the hope in Christ Jesus.

We should strive to pray earnestly that we grow in faith and seek the LORD for help in our prayers, and to seek the counselling guidance of the Holy Spirit… than our earthly friends and family, who don’t know any better than us.

How will you know of the LORD today? Will you seek Him?

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (John 3:16-21, ESV)

~Richard

Richard Johnston

Richard is a self-proclaimed "Eternal Student" having spent 8-years studying at the University of Abertay and the UWS, graduating with a BSc Computer Games Technology and a BDiv Theology and Pastoral Studies respectively. Whilst pursuing freelance work as a web designer and graphic artist, Richard is presently studying expository preaching at Cornhill, with a growing call to pastoral ministry.

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