July 25, 2024

As this school year comes to an end, many of us are cramming in the last few chapel services being offered because we all chose to sleep-in earlier in the semester.

Every Wednesday I get myself out of bed earlier than usual to attend chapel, and although I would enjoy sleeping-in, I actually look forward to chapel, especially worship. However at times, let’s just say that some speakers are a little more engaging than others and I subsequently fight the urge to shut my eyes for just one second.

However, my occasional need for shut eye, which never actually happens, does not interfere with anyone else’s need to listen to the sermon.

Every chapel service, without fail, there is student rudely having the loudest conversation about what they did the night before. One time, I heard this loud noise coming from behind me and I turned to see someone watching a video on his phone with absolutely no concern of his lack of headphones.

I am an easily distracted person, so I often catch myself listening to the conversation going on behind me and completely tune out the sermon. I constantly see others turn around and be equally distracted by such “intriguing” conversations.

Regardless of whether someone disagrees with the sermon, respect is to be given to the speaker and others around you.

If there is one thing I cannot stand, it’s disrespect. There are many students, including myself, who need to hear the message but someone’s disrespect is preventing them from doing so.

We all deserve the chance to hear the message if we choose to; however, it’s a bummer that someone else’s lack of regard for others, prevents us from doing so.

As kids we were taught to not speak while others were talking, but it seems some of us have buried this manner in the back of our minds, but it’s time to dig it back up.

Therefore, if you have a tendency to babble on in chapel, quit being selfish and spare those conversations for dinner time, because some of us may really need to hear the message.

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