Hoping Your Click Makes Me Whole
While social media abounds in every nook and cranny of the Internet, loneliness is on the rise. Why? How can an active society that’s ever increasingly involved in social media be lonelier? Why are our waves of friends, likes and comments not satisfying our souls? Have we substituted “Likes” and “Friend Requests” for true intimacy? And if true intimacy is actually available and not just another BigFoot or Loch Ness monster myth, then why can’t we seem to find it? How come our longings never find the satisfaction we so desire?
A few years back I discussed our individual holy of holies – the inner core of our beings – as it related to personal boundaries. As the world has increased in its exhibitionism and voyeuristic pursuits on social media, we’ve kinda made our hearts a thoroughfare for any passerby. We hock ourselves at the open-market bazaar in full view of the world. And what is the price? Simply give me a click of validation, awareness, worth and love.
The problem is that the pedestrian way through my heart only ekes away at my wholeness. The foot traffic diminishes me – it doesn’t build me up.
Social Media Dilemma
My goal in writing this post is not to deter people from social media involvement. It seems the verdict is still out on whether Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Linked In, Snapchat, etc. are the devil. But the real issue is my heart, ever my heart. The call of the ages has never changed with the fads and fancy of man. “There’s only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42 NLT).
In the increasing frenzy of social media, I’m presented with a choice. Actually, my reaction to this stimuli will expose my heart. What am I hungering for? What’s my motivation? Am I attempting to satisfy my round hole of God need with a square peg of virtual human interaction? Will I follow the Lord into this social media arena, only looking at what He wants to see through my eyes? Or have I become a social media junkie, diminishing my light and life, all the while looking for the affirming interaction only found in Jesus?