I was sitting at my desk the other day studying for midterms when I looked up and looked into my fish tank. It was around 9:30 and I was tired from a stressful day at school so I started to doze off. My mind started to wonder. Some how I began thinking about how simple a fishes life would be. They swim around in there tank, sleep and than get feed food. Thats all they do everyday. Day after day.
As I sat there staring at my fish I realized that that is how most of us live our lives to. We get up in the morning, eat breakfast, go to school, come home, do homework, go to sports ( if you play one), come home again and than go to bed. We tend to stay inside our shell and not want to do anything out of our way. As I was thinking this I also thought that why do we do this? Why do we feel the constant need to just be “safe”
As I thought more about this I found my self thinking of ways that I personally do this. I came up with a few: To be popular or liked so many of us put up a front or a mask to hide from who we truly are. When we have something important to say but we think others might think that we are weird if we say it so we don’t say anything at all. If we play a sport or someone is really good at playing a certain instrument or at drawing than some try to hide it because they are ashamed of who they really are and what defines them. I think that these things are something we are all guilty of doing.
As a christian looking for a deeper faith I feel that to find a deeper relationship with God that we need to take a step or two outside of our comfort zones and say I will do anything. What do you need me to do? we need to pull away the mask and be proud of who we are as christians. We all have feelings and we all feel like we need to do stuff to look cool, but we can’t put being popular and being liked before our faith. Now a days everything is judged by how many likes you get on Instagram, or who your friends are, if you play a sport or not, how you look, skinny or fat, tall or short. We judge everything by appearance and not by the heart. What would happen if everyone stopped looking at outside appearance and started to look at the heart, at the love the some people have for other people, the desire to help but the fear of getting bullied. Why does our society do it? Natural instinct, do people feel that they have to be judgemental to be cool.
But really ask yourself this. What if one day the whole world started looking at heart and not appearance. What would they see in your heart?