One of the important things I try to teach my 2nd graders (or any graders) in Math is that they always have to pay attention to the signs. When we’re working on addition or subtraction, they HAVE to look at the signs first. Is it a plus sign or a minus sign? 85% of the time the kids will get over-confident when they’re taking a quiz or a test and if it has a + sign or a – sign, they will always do the opposite. I try to make connections by using the example of when adults drive. They have to pay attention to speed limit signs, signal lights, exit signs, etc. They can’t just drive wherever and however they want. They have to watch the signs.
Isn’t that true for all of us for life in general? People deal with signs so differently. Some decide they’re going to just sit and wait for the signs. They’re always EXPECTING something to happen, good or bad, so they just decide that instead of actually being PROACTIVE to either prepare or prevent that something to happen, they just pop a squat and watch for the sign. Lots of Christians are guilty of that. Every natural disaster, every senseless act of violence, you start hearing people say, “These are signs of the end times….”. My question is, why are you so busy watching and waiting for the signs, shouldn’t you be preparing for the end times? Shouldn’t you be living your life as a testimony and be of service to those in need, spreading the love of Christ? Quit waiting for the signs and DO something!
Then you have people who ignore the signs. In my opinion, these are the worst. These people who choose to live in ignorance and believe that everything is fine. As long as it hasn’t blown up in their face, then it doesn’t exist. In my opinion, these kind of people are the most dangerous. How can you live with yourself if things have been brought to your attention and yet you choose to deny that it is happening? I think of people who know someone who is being abused. You see it, you feel it, you know it….the signs are all there, yet you choose to ignore it and then it’s too late. You can’t ignore what’s right in front of you. You just can’t. You can’t sweep it under the rug and hope that it resolves itself.
Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is dangerous.
I refuse to live in ignorance. I refuse to ignore the signs — whether it has to do with my health, my spiritual life, or any other aspect. I refuse to ignore the signs.