TV is ……………….. This sentence can be completed in so many ways, but the one that is prodding my heart is TV can make you unsafe.
It can be so easy to allow TV to convince us what reality is. We have all seen the action dramas where someone gets wounded or beat up, spends a few hours in the hospital and is back to work the next day feeling terrific. So….not…..true….. Or maybe you like reality shows where we watch the arguments, frustrations and strife that others feel should be shown to the world. Do we use that to make us feel better about our own lives?
Let’s climb out of that rabbit hole for now and back to the subject of safety. What has been poking and prodding me is a commercial I saw a few days ago. Picture this – a young beautiful girl sitting at the window of a cafe in a large city. She picks up her noise canceling headphones and puts them on. Instantly, we watch things disappear from around her. Suddenly she is completely alone to watch her ipad. Sounds heavenly doesn’t it? Nothing to distract us, no one to annoy us, just left alone with our thoughts and dreams.
What an opportunity that creates. Crimes are generally crimes of opportunity. That one moment when we let our guard down, and the criminal seizes the chance to take our money, our possessions, or worse yet, our life. Based on information from people who make a living studying criminal behavior, it takes approximately 7 seconds for a criminal to determine if you are prey. 7 very short seconds and your life may be changed forever.
As I watched the commercial, all I could think about was how vulnerable she had made herself to be in such a public place and be so completely unaware of what was happening around her. It was frightening to think how many of us walk through our day that unplugged. We tend to be wrapped up in so many things, oblivious to what is happening near us.
Proverbs 22:3 (ESV) advises us on this subject – “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.”
Evil lives and walks among us – do not be tempted to cancel all the “noise” for a moment’s peace and quiet. Be alert, be aware, watch for those who would profit from bringing you harm.
Tend your flock well shepherdess.