Paying attention

“Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.”
James Cook, British Explorer

Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.
Antisthenes

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(preening gulls / Henderson State Park / Julie Cook /2015 )

Attention verses inattention verses distraction verses indifference verses cynicism verses . . .

Living in a world full of gadgets and gizmos, internet and facebook, cell phones and ear phones,
Each vying for your time, your focus, your attention. . .are you missing the bigger picture?

Flags flap, genders clash, rights obscure, as the baby is thrown out, over and over, with the bathwater. . .are you missing the point?

Masses riot, burning and looting, while everyone’s shooting as tolerance and anger dance a dangerous waltz. . .are you missing the fire for the smoke?

Minorities rule as majorities fool with everyone more confused than before. . .are you missing the boat?

Marriages verses rights as bakeries fight refusing to make the cake. . .are you sitting on the fence

The world is changing as the enemies converge but everyone’s too busy to notice. . .

Listen and hear my voice;
pay attention and hear what I say.

Psalm 128:23

14 comments on “Paying attention

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Indeed if we just listened to His voice all would be smoother.

    • thank you Wally—I don’t think the Christian Church, the entire body of Christ, is standing up for itself in the wake of such attacks as of late as it should—a united body and not the fragmented body it has become

      • Wally Fry says:

        I agree so much Julie. It’s tough these days we need to be one front but even among us there are some that we can’t be united with. Some claim to be with us but are not. And I don’t mean minor things we can get past those but major things

      • so true Wally—I’ve slowly watched that take place in the Episcopal church since I was in high school—and sadly I had to finally say no more. . .I just don’t agree with it’s direction

      • Wally Fry says:

        I’ve been following that and it’s very sad and I am so glad I have not seen that. We have almost the opposite problem in that we fight so hard for every little detail of doctrine that we don’t fellowship with others as we might. Does that make sense?

      • Of course—each denomination has its crazy issues–each of which takes away from the true importance—and we all just don’t seem to get that. . .and given the day and times—it might just behoove us to do so 🙂

  2. Luggage Lady says:

    How perfectly you capture and summarize the trials of our times, Dear Julie — Love this!!! Thank you. :)))

    • thank you Shauna—the world is certainly in a mess these days with the US letting things sneak up on it as it is too busy untangling its mountains and molehills—happy travels to you 🙂

  3. Lynda says:

    Jesus says to each of us, “Rest in me!” Blessings and prayers for a restful weekend in the arms of our Lord.

  4. Tricia says:

    So very true what you say here….Satan loves a distracted people as so much can happen while they look away, pretend it’s not that important, don’t want to ruffle feathers, etc…might I add politicians live this too. It’s time start paying attention people and speaking out in love. Oh great photo by the way, I really enjoy your art!

  5. Oooh, what a powerful message, Julie. Man you have a way with getting to the crux of an issue and slamming the point on home. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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