What’s wrong with this photo?
I don’t want to live life as a scroller. You know that person that’s constantly looking down at their phone looking at the newest thing that’s on social media. The person that spends countless hours scrolling up… up…. up…. with the occasional down, trying to figure out what’s the latest fad or who did what in the world.
I don’t want to be a scroller. Do you know how I want to live my life? I want to live life in the moment. I desire to see people for who they truly are. I intend to be able to go beyond the norm and be intentional and authentic in all of my relationships.
I don’t want to be a scroller. I don’t want to miss out on the special intricacies of this life. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Engagements. Births of babies. Everyday accomplishments that we find ourselves missing out on, because scrolling is “more important.” I hope to live in a world that’s full of people who ache for relationship with one another. People who are more concerned for the person they are with than Facebook.
I don’t want to live life as a scroller. Scrollers spend countless hours with their heads down. HONESTLY, I wonder how many people have problems with their necks because they are constantly looking down at their phones instead of up. I don’t want to be a scroller. I want to love those who are around me. I want to listen to their stories and be inspired by the lives that they’re living. I want to be loved and to show others I love them. Truth be told, if I could give away my smart phone right now, I would. The average person spends spend 4-5 hours a day just scrolling instead of talking to people. I don’t want to be a scroller.
I want to be able to look into the eyes of a person and see into the depths of their soul. I don’t want to have to live life through a Facebook post, Instagram photos, the latest hashtags etc… I don’t want to be a scroller. This is the challenge that I feel called to, I’m going to delete all of my social media from my phone. There will no longer be the temptation for me to sit and just scroll. I declare that I will be able to greet people and smile or laugh while I’m on an “L” in Chicago. Or be able to look into the beauty of someone else’s eyes and encourage them when I sit on the bus in Waukegan. I will be able to wave to someone while I just spend time walking in Gainesville. I don’t want to live life as a scroller.
I want to enjoy my life. One of my favorite things is to get to know people and see them the way that God sees them. I live in an era where technology is important and I don’t have anything against it. My issue is with how we are using this said “technology.” So instead of being a scroller, I’m going to be something entirely different. When I figure out a name for it, I’ll let you know. If I don’t… well you can name it for me. It’s time for me to let loose of technology that keeps me on a never-ending hamster wheel. I’m done living life as a scroller.