If you could get someone’s attention, what would you do with it? That’s a worthwhile question. Many different people want your attention. I am in a cafe right now where a television sits at the far end of the room. The morning news continues to run video clips of a movie promotion stunt. It seems some promoters thought it a good idea to make a baby look evil, then use a remote control pram to scare passersby. The reactions from the patrons in the cafe has been an interesting mix. Essentially, these movie promoters have pulled off a ridiculous stunt and got the media to do their advertising for them. That has its own set of issues, but that is a blog for another day.
Who else is trying to get your attention? Your parents, spouse, children, employer, employee, students, teachers? If you could get their attention, what would you do with it? A myriad of sources are competing for their attention, and ours.
All the while, God calls us to turn our attention away from the noise and confusion and to Him. When we do get people’s attention do we show them something worthwhile, or a self-serving publicity stunt? Do we encourage one another on to good works in Christ, as the Bible tells us to do? Do we build others up or tear them down?
Below is a poignant illustration of this. Apollo Robbins gives a “Ted Talk” about the art of grabbing our attention and what to do with it. Who is trying to get your attention? And what are they trying to do with it? If you could get someone’s attention, what would you do with it?