Wednesday, 31 October 2012

The Monstrous Door: An Irreversible Hurt

A tall, amorous couple walked hand in hand, quite unaware of their surroundings. They were leaving church, and it is a wonder they did not fall over, for they were not looking where they were going, but into the others' eyes. Slowly, so slowly, did the tall two walk until they reached the door by the nurseries. Little children with happy voices greeted parents, but the tall two were unconscious. He pushed the exit door open for his young wife, but, as both were infatuated, they failed to notice a young and very small girl underfoot. He crossed the threshold, let go, and the monstrous door fell, violently knocking her to the ground.

Even though it may not specifically be letting a door crash on a little girl, this scenario happens constantly.

The couple, evidently married as well as oblivious to their environment, made one mistake. This one mistake occurs every day, and, within certain friendships, it causes rifts and irreversible hurts. With different people and their respective circles of friends, some forget about the small ones, or the people who seem to be ever in the background. These people are forgot, and others do not realize how much of an impact small, seemingly trivial, deeds have upon these others.

Christ should be the center of every relationship, and it is curious that this couple was leaving church. One would think they would employ care while exiting near all the nurseries, but no, they stormed out after taking their time. A godly relationship is in no way bad in itself, but when two are so centered on one another that relatives, close friends, and even a little girl are knocked down physically, mentally, or emotionally, it is time to take a step back and realize where Christ is missing.

In the church, couples are charged and supposed to live as good examples for the body of the church in multiple ways for the young and old. It is true that many are, but this couple was looked at as immature and completely inconsiderate. When the watery-blue eyes of the young girl looked up at her mother, they were shocked (both the eyes of the girl and the mother).  One should never be eager to display or showcase immaturity, and couples in the church should never mindlessly shock, much less hurt, young children. Period.

If the people in this incident were to meet on friendly terms sometime in the near future, the girl would probably think about this incident, and forever associate them with her being knocked down. This is a possibility (though not the only one). In essence, what happened was irreversible. The young man can never go through that situation in time again, and his wife will never be able to relive that brief scene. He was not being the man that he could be, and she was not being the woman of grace she is called to be.

Heavy doors slam and crush: It is simply logical. When people are unconscious as to how what they do impacts others, it shows third parties how immature they (those unconscious and unaware peoples) really are. The tall two probably would not have knocked her down on purpose, but are others simply supposed to forgive them, for they know not what they do?

Inconsiderate people are found everywhere, but inconsiderate Christians? Of course we have all sinned and fallen short of God's glory. Though not as cankerous a problem now, I was often guilty of leaving siblings or friends out at times. However, as Christians we need to let Christ help us rise above this baseness, this other nature, because without Him, we will be as Edward Hyde and never stop knocking down little girls.

Do not be oblivious, rather “exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” When we are oblivious, it is all to easy to cause another an irreversible hurt with the assistance of a monstrous door. Instead of non cogitans, or not thinking, take advantage of today and be considerate to those who have been knocked down.

The Holy Bible. (Hebrews 3:13)

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