We live in a world of happy oblivion. We don’t know what our neighbors are going through and we would rather it that way. To know would be a burden… A cloud on our otherwise easy life.
Now before you write me off and before you stop reading, let me explain. Today on my way into the grocery store, I was stopped by a lady asking if I could help her buy some food. She was in a car with her family of 5 including a newborn. My first reaction was to tell her I didn’t have time or money to do so. But the words Jesus spoke in Matthew 25:40 went through my head. “I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” This was followed quickly by the words of Mark 12:31, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” She wasn’t asking for money or anything big, just some kind of food.
After I returned with some food, I was able to say a prayer for them. I don’t know if it meant anything to them, if they had even ever heard the name of Jesus, or if knew who I was praying to, but then again, maybe it could change their life.
I was walking away when I realized, we live world of oblivion… Happy oblivion. There are people all around us in need of help or just a kind word. We rather not know, because then we have to make a choice. Ignore or take action!
Whether you see it or not, I am telling you now, your neighbor is in need. Now it is your choice ignore it, or take action, but no longer is oblivion an option.