Are you aware?

aware, push, trust, waiting, Starbucks, frustratedI was at the mall this weekend and noticed how some people are not even aware of what is going on around them.  A great example of this was at Starbucks.  After some people get their coffee, they go to an area where they can add cream and sugar.  When people do this, they go to the center of this area and make the coffee to their tasting.  While doing this, several people stand behind them and wait.  The person mixing sugar and cream into their coffee does not even notice that several people are behind them wanting to do the same thing.

This seems simple, but if you look around you will see, that in a mall, people back into others, push strollers like everyone needs to move out of the way, move into a parking spot that another was waiting to pull into, break in line when purchasing something , and the list goes on.  During the holiday season, it is even worse.

From the outside looking in on people, it is easy to see how people act based on their actions.  They are either oblivious of everything going on around them, being kind to people, getting upset, or just pushing everyone out of the way.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. Romans 12:3 (NIV)

Are you aware of what is really going on around you?  How do you act when you are around people?  Do you push, wait, or offer more to people that seem to need it?  Do you get frustrated?  Do you look at yourself as not being the problem?  Is someone waiting behind you for something?

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