The Subway Shuffle

“Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ — that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.” (Colossians 3:2, The Message)

bellA few years back (2007) The Washington Post conducted a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities. The Paper arranged a scenario where a world-renowned virtuoso violinist, Joshua Bell, played six Bach pieces anonymously for exactly one hour in the subway.

During that time approximately 2,000 people passed thorugh the Station, but only six stopped and stayed for awhile; about 20 people gave him money as they hustled by – a total of $32.00.

No one knew the violinist was Joshua Bell, or that the violin he was playing was worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days prior to this, Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the tickets averaged $100 per seat.

At one point a three year old boy stopped to look at the violinist, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. As they continued to walk away, the child kept turning his head to see the violinist. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced them to move on.

The experiment illustrates how easily we become absorbed with our own stuff as we hurry to and fro in a world that never seems to stop. The question we ask ourselves is simple: “If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made – then how many other things are we missing?”450_joshua_bell

Paul writes, “Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ — that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.”

Why not take some time today to purposefully lift your vision and look for something the Lord is doing in your world – small or great. Look for it, and you will find it. And, once your do, you just might find yourself free from the subway shuffle!

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