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Beyond Social Media


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Our generation’s obsession with Social Media is the subject of endless discussion, research and analysis. We can read article after article posted, questioning: “Facebook, good or bad?” or ”Social media -- is it destroying this generation?”

I find myself constantly checking my Instagram or Facebook feed. What if I missed something? Maybe someone is doing something in their life today that I’ll miss out on if I'm not constantly checking social media.

Could we be missing the feeling that comes with face to face human contact?

I recently had a milestone birthday, and my friends threw me a big dinner party. Picture this: sitting under the stars with lights strung across the trees, being serenaded by one of my best friends playing guitar. I sat back and took the moment in.

As I took in the sounds of laughter and conversation from all of my best friends, I was completely overcome with gratitude; a feeling of wholeness and contentment. We can continually observe these carefully curated moments that appear on Facebook or Instagram, but completely forget to be present in the life that God planned for us.

Please don't misunderstand me, social media isn’t the enemy. I'll admit that Facebook has given me opportunities to stay in touch with family and friends. Perhaps it’s that I just left my 20s behind, and softened with age. But I’m convinced that there is something that is so meaningful about being in authentic community. We were created for human interaction, and embracing the challenges that come with truly knowing another person. That can't be recreated by sitting behind a screen alone, hiding your hopes and fears behind filters and hashtags.

No one can see past your captions, and they can't read through your Facebook status’ to see if you’re angry or hurting, or full of joy and life.

Being vulnerable is scary, and it's easier to cultivate connections over social media instead of actual community. If we barricade ourselves from one another, we’ll never be held accountable for what truly goes on in our life. No one can see past your captions, and they can't read through your Facebook status’ to see if you’re angry or hurting, or full of joy and life.

Could I pose a challenge? Let's go beyond our social media obsession and actually take the time to make a real friend. Enjoy a long, conversation-filled dinner with people who make you better and challenge the way you think or live.

Having relationships that expose your weaknesses, yet affirm you as loved and truly valued reflects the relationship we're invited into with Jesus. Relationships were designed by God to help us become more like Him.