This is bold, but true. We use social media/technology too much. Here’s why: it’s available to us. Why wouldn’t we want to? I love having an iPhone versus the ‘brick’, I think Facebook, overall, is more effective than Myspace, and I really like Twitter, especially when people post funny incidents or encouraging quotes. I enjoy being able to catch up on current events, because it is literally available at the click of a button. It’s great to be able to do all of these things. I often wonder though, if we really are able to enjoy these moments, or if we are missing out on the real thing. What I mean is this; often times we, myself included, spend more time taking pictures to put on Instagram, or thinking of funny one liners to tweet about, and are missing out on the actual moment itself. I love looking at pictures of sunsets, sunrises, random trees, and oceans (I don’t have Instagram myself, but from what I’ve gathered it’s a mixture of Facebook and Twitter, but in photo form) It’s always great to capture moments especially with changing things like children, friends, family, etc and be able to look back on each event. Are we really enjoying the moment while it’s happening though? Or are we living in only a memory through a photo? I know so many people that take literally thousands of photos each week of a sunset, or a shoelace, their cereal.. whatever it is, they write a quote or something to match and continue on their way. I am in no way, shape, or form downplaying people that do this or saying they shouldn’t or can’t. What I am talking about, and again saying to myself is, are we truly enjoying the moment as it happens? Or are we too busy trying to get the perfect photo to show everyone else, that we miss it while is occurs. I promise it’s okay not to have the photo of the ‘perfect’ sunset. Enjoy it in the moment. Use that time to enjoy not just the creation, but the Creator, and to bask in His beauty. Don’t miss out on things happening now, only to look back on them. I think things are always more meaningful as they happen then looking back five years later trying to remember just exactly what took place. Again, I am not saying don’t ever take photos. I, as well as, many people in my life, whether they’ve lost a son or daughter, mother or father, brother or sister, grandparents, etc, cherish the last photos or videos taken of someone that has passed away. Sometimes that’s all we have to look back on and cherish the memory with. That I am absolutely not speaking against. It’s also fun to look back on photos from 5th grade when you are 30, and question why your mother let you out of the house dressed like that and how you ever had friends with that hair-do. Pictures are great; quotes or funny happenings are awesome. But remember that God gave us the present to enjoy now, not twenty days from now. There is only one October 7,2012. So why not enjoy it while it’s here, versus waiting to look back on it when it’s not. There are so many wonderful things going on right now. Go enjoy them! Enjoy Christ and all that He has done and made. If there is something that you really really must post to Facebook, Twitter, or the others, then share it! Just don’t forget to first enjoy the moment yourself!
“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” psalm 27:4