I've been noticing more and more people standing in a model pose with their iPhones at arms distance. Taking a picture and posting it on Instagram or Facebook has become the 'new way' of telling people a story.
"Look what food I ate!"
"See who I met last night."
"I'm on a island cruise...don't you wish you were here?"
The problem with this kind of story is, it's almost always focused on, well; YOU.
Many of my teen mentor friends have used words like selfish, self centered, even narcissism to describe the way social media is changing the way we think. I think that might be a little over reaching, but the ideas now where our story is THE most important part of our journey through life tends to focus SO much on self, I believe it leads to isolation. I think you can be so obsessed with your own story, you can find yourself in a place where you're the only one who cares about the next picture, the next event, or the next status update.
In my book ALONE, I try to outline ways for us to re-engage with honest relationships. And one of the ways I propose we start living is to create a story.
Climb a Mountain, not for the sake of conquering the mountain, but for the memories you'll make with your friends.
Travel to a place you've never been before, not so you can wallow in your own bravery, but so you can remember the place with your friends.
Eat new foods, with friends.
Discover new hobbies, together.
Put adventure in your life, even if it means walking through a block of town you've never gone.
I believe when we stretch ourselves to create a story together, we can always remember who was with us when.
And what a difference it makes when you begin creating a story with God. (I know this gets a little theological to think about, but hang in there with me.)
If God began the story, and has invited you into it, How great would it be to dive deep into the waters of togetherness with your creator.
I'm convinced, most of our loneliness comes from either a lack of togetherness with our creator, or a lack of togetherness with one another.
When Jesus said, Love The Lord your God with all Your Heart, Mind, and Soul, this is the first and greatest commandment, He offered a remedy for the loneliness we feel. For as we Love God with everything inside us, we discover the story He intends to live WITH us, in the present.
If you're feeling Alone today, start your day as I start mine. "God I praise you for being the Creator of All things. I'm excited to see what chapter you're writing today. May I live my life in such a way to live Your story With You."
Just start your story there, and let's see where it goes.