Saturday I went shopping with my mother and my two nieces, Tori and Ivy. We had so much fun! Since I don’t have girls, I always enjoy taking them shopping. I like teaching them how to get the most for their money and to shop smart!
Of course the girls wanted school clothes, and mom went after gadgets. She wanted a new tv, a Bluetooth, and a Bluetooth speaker. We made mom wait to go to Best Buy last. We’d had a fairly long day so I guess her ears must’ve been tired because when she got to the checkout counter, she said “huh” to everything that poor little guy said. And I do mean everything!!
We’d noticed this problem earlier, at lunch. I blamed it on being in a noisy restaurant. Apparently Ivy had to repeat herself one too many times, because when mom said she wanted a Bluetooth, Ivy said, “Maybe instead of getting a Bluetooth you should get a hearing aide!” It was funny then, but after the Best Buy encounter, I tend to agree!
The cashier was a young fellow. The look on his face, which never changed mind you, was that of terror. I don’t think he was remotely scared of anything, that’s just what he looked like. He was pale. Probably a gamer who doesn’t get outside much. I’m sure his vitamin D is low, bless his heart. There was never any change in the tone of his voice, or the inflection of his words either. He spoke softly and very monotone. However, he didn’t speak softly enough for mom to say “huh?” after every single thing he said!
The bad thing was, he asked her if she would like to apply for a Best Buy credit card to save twenty dollars. Well duh! Who doesn’t want to save twenty bucks?! Thus began the long, tedious process of the application, and with every step he asked her to complete, there always followed a “huh?” or an “excuse me?”, or the occasional “could you repeat that?”. His expression, nor his tone ever changed. But mine sure did!
It was bad enough that it had taken twice as long as it should have to pay for a speaker, a Bluetooth, and a phone case, (she’d decided to wait on the tv thank You Lord!) especially when I realized there was people behind us! At one point I looked at mom as if to say “what’s the dang deal?!”. Bless her heart, she couldn’t just shoot me a look back. No! She says very clearly, out loudly, “he’s mumbling!” Oh my gosh! I could have died! I said calmly, through muffled laughter, “Mom, I’m standing behind him and I can hear him.” “Well, he’s mumbling!” she replied. I knew that was my cue to be quiet.
By this point it had become very humorous. In fact, I was laughing out loud. Finally! The last step of the credit card application! “Mam, could you please enter your social security number?” “What?” “Enter your social security number on the pad please.” ” I don’t want to give you my social security number!” “Blank stare”
I waited a few seconds for him to respond, but nothing happened. They both just stared at each other. Not wanting to spend the night at Best But, I said, “Mom, it’s just part if the process,” after having spent thirty minutes filling out this application, she said “Never mind. I don’t want it.” You’ve got to be kidding me! I laughed so hard! Then mom started laughing, which is never good for someone of her age who has a jacked up urethra! We almost had to go back to JC Penny to buy new pants, if you know what I mean! I’m beginning to think Ivy was right!
I’ll give mom a little grace here, the guy did speak softly. However, Beltone used to give free hearing tests. I’m thinking she might need to look into that!
Having a hearing problem is one thing. The problem is, most of us don’t have a hearing problem, we have a listening problem! We can’t be quiet, or still long enough to listen, especially when it comes to hearing from God!
The truth is, we’d better start listening! These are bad times we live in. I’m not a doom and gloom person, but a fact is a fact. We have got to start listening to, and hearing from God! We, who are believers, need to get off our butts and start doing whatever it is God is asking us to do! And we won’t know what that is if we’re not seeking Him!!!
Y’all might get tired of hearing this, but we’ve got to step up our game as Christians. We’re losing people right and left to addictions, sexual immorality, idolatry, laziness, greed..you name it! We’re losing people and we know it, yet we’re sitting back in our little Christian bubble doing nothing! I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of doing nothing!! I always say that I love people. Well, if I truly do love people, then I’ll be willing to risk looking crazy, fanatical, or even offending some, for the sake of salvation and to glorify The Lord!
Let’s get outside our bubbles and into this lost and dying world, and spread the love of Christ! Most of us don’t have to go very far! We can start within our own families and our community! Whenever, or wherever, JUST DO IT!
James 1:22-24 Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.