Jim was a grocery store clerk and he loved his job. He was a hard worker, and he was very intentional with his customers. But Jim’s one pet peeve was out of control toddlers and parents who yelled at their kids, but did nothing about it. One evening, Jim was checking out a customer who had a shopping cart full of groceries. While ringing up the sale, a child behind him begin screaming loudly, and a angry man responded by shouting, “Get down!” Jim thought, “What a jerk” without even looking up. He kept calling out prices and moving the groceries past the scanner. The kid was still crying and again the man yelled, “Get down!” Talking about poor parenting, this guy was a total jerk. Jim keep on checking groceries out without looking up. Finally, he finished and Jim looked up and said, “That will be $89.95. Seeing no one, he looked around and noticed everyone including his customers, lying face down on the floor. He turned around just in time to see the gunman running out of the store. The clerk behind him, still on the floor said, “Jim, you know the second time you heard get down, his gun was pointed at your head!” We get so accustomed to the noise of our culture and the distraction of the world, that when we hear something important, we blow it off as if it was insignificant.
2 Corinthians 6:2, “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” Take time to look up!