In the early 1900s, only 20 percent of America was urbanized. Now over 80 percent is.
Yet while our society is getting closer and closer to each other, we know less and less about the people around us. Many of us don’t know the people living next door, let alone the people of our neighborhoods. Having simple, shallow friendships is normal.
In the world of social media, we have become antisocial.
There are more lonely people in the world than ever before. When you go out to a restaurant, you’ll see people sitting next to others yet looking at their phones. We no longer can sustain deep, lasting conversations without the temptation to look at our phones. We are addicted to un-social media.
In a society crying for connection, we have become increasingly disconnected. Our worlds' lack of deep connection has left a hole in our hearts. We are socially un-social. We are lonely even though we have 1,500 friends on Facebook, we are crying for attention because we do not know what it means to know others, and we are ungrateful because all we see on social media are the fabulous lives of the people we “know.”
We live in a social delusion.
We are not content with who we are, what we have, and where we are going in life, and we need a solution to move forward. Jesus said in John 14, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” In John, chapter 10, he said, “I came that you may have life to the fullest.”
Are we missing something? If Jesus can really give what he says he can, why are we so unhappy? I would suggest that it is because we have not really surrendered our lives to Him.
It's time for a change. It's time for surrender.
Today I commit to spending my time connecting with God and with others, spending less time on social media, and more time building real relationships. I guarantee you no one will be sitting on their deathbed saying, "I wish I had more friends on Facebook,” or “I wish I had just spent more time on Instagram."