This time last year, I was preparing to walk for my college graduation. It was fantastic. I was excited. I was scared. I was anxious. I was nervous. I was happy. I was sad. I basically had the emotional make up of a 14 year old girl. No offense 14 year old girls.
Through all of these emotions, one thing sticks out to me. It's not how awesome it was to get a degree. Or how happy I was that my family was able to come watch. Or that my days as an RA were over (praise). It was my Papaw and his iPad.
I graduated from Liberty University. It's tucked away in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia. It's beautiful. Everywhere you look there is something amazing to stand in awe of. My Papaw had never seen the Blue Ridge Mountains, so he was looking all around and taking it all in... through his iPad.
He was taking in the beautiful sights through his 5x7 inch iPad mini.
I've seen this at middle school basketball games before, too. People watching an entire game of their child through an iPad screen in order to record their little MJ. A lot of times in life, we take things in through a lens like an iPad.
My Papaw saw the mountains, but he only saw what his iPad mini screen would display. That parent saw their kid play basketball, but only through a 5x7 pixelated screen.
That's me. That's you.
We see, but don't really get the whole picture. We hear, but we don't really listen. We look at our life a lot of times through a lens that is pixelated or too small. We are so focused on what is directly in front of us that we miss the bigger picture.
There are opportunities for me every single day to show the love of Jesus to someone. But I'm too focused on my checklist, job, or iPhone screen to realize that beyond my display there is a whole world. Beyond my display there is a whole city. Beyond my display there are people desiring love. Beyond my display there are the homeless. Beyond my display there are the rich. Beyond my display there are people craving the love of Jesus. That's what's beyond my display. This week I'm working on looking beyond my display.
What's beyond your display?