Why are we so important?

When did we become so important? Look around.

Everyone is so freaking important. In public, try and make eye contact.. It doesn’t exist anymore.

People no longer need to look down to be ignored.. You can just stare at your phone. If you are staring at your phone then you immediately send out the vibe, I’m busy. Check ya later. Or I’ve got a bunch of people that need my attention that aren’t here and I must respond now or my phone will explode. I’m so important.

Okay, sarcasm laced. Please note. I am just of guilty of this but at least I look up to notice it happening… Feel sorry for the world and get back to my importance.

I mean, my spam emails aren’t going to delete themselves.

Have you ever been sitting next to your spouse, only to look over and you are both knee deep in your phones? Or your children? This one just kills me. It happens..

Do you remember a world without iPhones and Wifi?

Do you remember when the only seemingly important people were the ones with BlackBerrys ? Do you know what a BlackBerry is? Not the fruit. You crazy generation Z. Side bar, what are we going to call the next generation? There are no letters left!…Generation A2 ?

A BlackBerry was the first phone or PDA…personal digital assistant..lol..It had email access that was widely distributed to realtors and VIP business folk.  There was a palm pilot, yes mother, you had one. But I don’t think it had internet on it and it was used as a fancy phone book. I’m pretty sure you had to hook your telephone cord up to these to get internet. The phones had internet access before internet was accessible.

I remember longing for a BlackBerry … I wanted to be important too.. But only for the Brick Breaker. Let’s be honest. That is the best game in the entire world.

I’m not a genius but I watched Ashton Kutcher in the Steve Jobs movie and it looks like he and some computer geek invented it together.. Or he paid him to invent it. I don’t remember.. Either way, best game ever.

I’m convinced that no one was actually checking their emails and being important but trying to beat each others scores on Brick Breaker.

Truth.

I feel as if a larger problem is forming with all of the technology and social media.

(as I write my blog, on my computer, and then for the internet that I will then share on FB)

Sigh.. There are totally amazing good things that come from both.

The problem I am having and noticing is that we don’t get a break from it. Every “down” moment we have is spent exploring what we missed while we were working or fulfilling our daily duties or sleeping. Good Lord, what has happened in the world since I dared silent my phone. Does the world even still exist?

.. and instead of talking to the people around us in our “down” moments, we are face first in a blue glow of what’s happening around us. Or what we think is happening around us while we actually ignore what is physically happening around us.

Do you follow?

I know this isn’t new information. I’m sure someone else has posted something to this same tune..I have no actual advice here based on research except maybe we should put down our phones and pay attention to the people we are in front of. Sure, emergencies happen and you need to know something right then and praise God that you have the means to do so.

But I am so afraid for the people that we are passing around us, actually around us that are struggling with something .. That are hurting.. That feel alone and ignored .. that we are ignoring. What are our children thinking? What are we teaching them?

Can it wait?

Can’t your Facebook status or check in of where you are buying a coffee from wait? Can’t that email that you just got wait. Ding.. another one.. You’re important..Ding.. Can you handle ignoring the dings? Do you have a physical response to the alerts your phone gives? You might have a problem..

And whose life has been altered by reading what someone else is doing at this exact moment in another space? I’m going to be honest and say, I don’t care what you are doing. In fact, when I read play by play updates of seemingly mundane tasks from other people, I don’t feel any better about myself or them. I actually would like my time back.

By all means share your life! I am ! Tell us the hilarious story about you thinking another person is your husband or when you spill water in your lap and it looks like you peed on yourself , you know who you are..Please, the internet needs real life and encouraging thoughts and funny pictures.

But.

Update at home or in the car, when its parked… Or when you wake up or when you lie down.. But out in public , in front of other people just so you can not interact with the human LIFE next to you..

It’s driving me mad. What kind of world are we creating for our children? Selfie elbow? Really? Why do you have to be IN the picture you’re taking?

Are you adding to the social media fantasy world or are you sharing real life ? Why do we think we are so important? Let’s quit focusing on our own importance and make the humans we are around feel important.

Please hear my heart, cloaked in this plead with humanity. If you are in public.. and everyone else is on their phones. Put yours down. Be available for LIFE to happen with the human that you are standing or sitting next to out of all the other humans in the world.  You might have a conversation. You might offer encouragement. Notice them. You might need someone to notice you too.

“If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world hates you, because you not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world” John 15:19

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

“For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” 1 Corinthians 4:7

We are called into this life for community and to be set apart…TO BE DIFFERENT. and God forbid something ever happens where you need the actual neighbors or humans near you… And they can’t hear you.. Or they don’t know you.. Be available. It’s apart of our commission as people of Jesus. I think the two thoughts of ignoring others in public while on our phones and being available in case someone might need a smile or encouragement are completely 100% related. Be set apart. Be different. Be available.

It’s much easier to tune others out. It’s much easier to focus on me.. my work.. my friends. my life. But I think it’s time to turn the tables on our relationships with our phones. There is far less satisfaction in thinking about me..Think about, look at.. Be open to the people around you. It’s accountability for me to even write this. See the humans in your life.

We are different because we follow Jesus, let’s look different..