If the internet didn't exist...
If the internet didn't exist, would we still let people know we 'like' what they're saying?
If the internet didn't exist, would we invite 'em over and show 'em pictures of your kids?
If the internet didn't exist, would we share?
If the internet didn't exist, would we personally invite 'friends' to be a part of our thing?
If the internet didn't exist, would we be this curious to know what's going on in people's lives?
If the internet didn't exist, would we still tell the world about Jesus like we do now in our bios?
The internet is a great tool. Look, I'm using it right now to communicate with you. Nothing against the world wide web.
My point is not to downplay the effectiveness of the web as a tool but rather to remind us that real life relationships with real life people is a gift worth treasuring.
A gift we shouldn't ultimately trade for cyber interaction. Here's a cautionary question we should all wrestle with as we wield this double edged sword called the internet.
Is the internet enabling and helping me foster healthier real life relationships with tangible people or is it pushing me further into isolation by numbing my longing to be truly known with a pseudo-community?
My challenge for us today is simple: love a real life person today in real life.
What jumps out to you from the list above? What are some things we do online that we should strive to do more in person?
Comment someone just posted on Facebook:
Facebook is supposed to keep us in touch with "all our friends".
Twitter is supposed to let our quick thoughts be heard.
YouTube is supposed to let us share life as it's happening.
FourSquare is supposed to show who's around us nearby.
And yet, over 44 million people identify with being lonely, longing to connect with another living soul.
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