Wednesday, 29th May, 2019

Reference text: Acts 17:15,22-18:1

Acts 17:23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship–and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.

While looking through my notifications yesterday, I came across the term ‘zombie law’. After a short search, I identified that in New York, it made reference to laws intended to ban ‘walking and texting’, on mobile phones especially while crossing the road with spot-on fines as punishment. While such laws will come as welcome news to motorists, it goes to tell how much the human race has evolved that we require laws and even punishment to encourage us to keep our heads up and look forward while we walk.

In the text, we see Saint Paul on a tour of the city of Athens today, looking around as he walked. So, I wanted to throw this question out there: how many of us genuinely look ahead and around as we move about? This is not a trick question to check our level of concentration or attention to detail, it is just to find out how much we keep our head up and our eyes out.

I won’t say I am excluded because on trains, buses and even on the street, everybody seems busy with their eyes looking down at their phone screens. But when the thought came to me this morning, I decided to look up my entire journey and it felt different, but in a good way. I could see the smiles people wore and the inspirational messages splashed around among a few other things.

Ranging from the simple things to which we often throng the Internet for answers like how to match clothing colours right through to a message of encouragement, a smiling face or inspiration for a new project; these can be found by keeping your head up. My dear, you can come across great surprises, gain valuable insight and meet some amazing people when you keep your head up, so don’t just look down.


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