Family : Talking to a “doll”…
We use this expression to identify, in a simple way, when someone is speaking and the listeners pay little attention, no matter the subject or the situation.
As in an airplane, at the moment when the stewardess or the film explain the main safety standards, we can see with a simple glance that some passengers are entertained with their mobile phones, iPads, reading magazines or even talking. They completely ignore the safety rules (the stewardess is “talking to a doll”).
Some have heard it more than once; others are not interested in taking a few minutes of their time for something that supposedly does not entertain them.
The truth is that even while the passengers of a plane are distracted, on all flights, 365 days a year, the same rules are explained, consecutively.
That is how it is at home, when parents talk and so often teenagers or young adults pretend to “hear” or in a more disrespectful and challenging way, turn around, ignoring what they are being told.
Here I was able to evaluate two very precious lessons that we can bring to our reality:
Regardless of the reactions or attention of others, we must fulfill our role:
As fathers, mothers, educators, pastors’ wives, assistants, members or Christians. Although it seems that there are only a few who listen to us and at times it seems that we are shouting into the “void”.
“… Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” (II Tm.4: 2)
At some point, for the listener, it will make sense or it will be necessary. And even if it is not at the time of the warning or the just reprimand, words are like seeds, which later on become precious and will remind us of what was said hours, days, months or even many years ago.
If each of us fulfills our role, the responsibility will no longer be in who conveyed the message but will begin to be in who should be aware of the instructions and did not listen. Since each becomes responsible for their own actions, especially after a warning.
Our problem, often, is not that people do not listen to us, but the lack of strength we have to continue steadfast in our trust.
And you can ask, “But I will speak, keep pushing and always say the same thing?” No! When we talk to God, we are also instructed that we should not use “vain repetitions” then we cannot also make ourselves inconvenient to any person, even someone close to us.
Being the person aware or not, in the plane there is no repetition of the demonstrations of procedures. Life goes on…
Talk about an important issue once, requiring full attention. For this, ask God’s direction for the appropriate time, pray, do a fast, submit the situation to God… as Queen Esther did, before solving a crucial problem. Always act in partnership with Him!
If interiorly the person is aware or not, or taking in what you are saying, it will be his/her responsibility.
When she is in need and at the moment in which God makes her remember, though it may be just one word, she will come to you and ask for guidance and advice.
” then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life.” (Ez.33: 4,5)
Just do not give up or get tired of doing your part, even though it seems that at that moment you appear to be talking to a “doll” …Trust in God! Your seed will bear fruit!
In the next post we will continue with this subject, but before that I would like to know your opinion. Share it with us!