Oh that our world would realize that it’s not necessary or even okay to share every single thing happening in our lives!
I recently traveled for work and spent quite a bit of time in an airport killing time before my return flight. As I sat in a cubbie to charge my phone, a young woman was sitting there next to me talking with someone on her phone but speaking through a headset and very loudly. She pulled up a message she had received from one friend she was upset with and chose to read it to a different friend about their sexual promiscuity the weekend before! I could hear and understand very clearly everything she said because she was sharing loudly as if she was alone not in a very public place such as an airport!
A gentleman was on the phone also talking so loudly while in the jetway as we were all backed up waiting to board our plane. His was somewhat less frightening, complaining more about someone he worked with that he was frustrated about.
Another woman spoke so loudly on the train I rode on, face timing her family and laughing loudly as they discussed for 20 minutes about funny antics that had occurred.
Each time I couldn’t help but think, when did we lose all decorum to not care who was around us, how loudly we spoke, the personal things we shared or who we bothered while doing it? Was nothing sacred that we said or shared with a friend or loved one?
The Bible tells us, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.” Proverbs 4:23-24 NLT
I try to guard my heart each day choosing carefully what I read, watch and listen to but I can’t control what others choose to share in public and it’s really gotten to a point that one almost can’t walk anywhere without being surrounded by personal details of others’ lives coming at you from all directions. Not only that but loud cursing and misuse of God’s name.
I have no easy answer. It seems I would need to live in a bubble to try and fully protect from hearing these things but that isn’t very practical or likely.
Instead I’m asking and even begging others, next time you want to share a private conversation, please guard your heart and the hearts of those around you and move away so you truly are alone. Speak softly or even better, meet in person for a real conversation and choose to share with just your closest friend.
Jesus gave us a great example to follow as He was all about sharing His life with others but He always did so in person, often with only His closest disciples with Him. Be discerning, and guard your heart this day.