Dear Fellow Millenials

Dear Fellow Millenials,

How do we want to be remembered?

If you asked 100 people how they would describe Millenials, you’d tend to get these kinds of answers:

1. Entitled
2. Selfish
3. Lazy
4. Unmotivated
5. Followers
6. Whiny
7. Unskilled
8. Overly sensitive
9. Time wasters
10. Unreliable

I don’t know about you, but thats not the testimony I desire. That’s not how I want to live my life.

We live in a world that is full of technology. This new technology gives us opportunities that we wouldn’t otherwise have. Opportunities to reach the world and do great things. But the trend with Millenials is that we use social media as a tool to further our self image instead of society and the kingdom of God.

DISCLAIMER:
Technology is amazing. I’m not here to bash social media or anything like that. I don’t think selfies are evil and I’m not against having a beautiful instagram feed. I have a Facebook, it’s not a sin. What IS a sin is selfishness.

Our society has become a “selfie society”. We set up our little internet kingdoms. Everything is all about us. Our Facebook page becomes our own virtual reality TV show. We have the idea that everyone cares what we’re eating for lunch. Hate to burst your bubble, but we don’t care if you’re eating a sandwich. (Now if you’re in a foreign country, eating foreign country food, that is acceptable because that’s out of the ordinary and cool. You’re sandwhich isn’t cool.)

Are we focused on reaching the world for Christ or are we focused on how artsy our instagram is? Are we being social in the real world or are we okay with retreating to our devices and hiding behind a screen? Are we making real meaningful friendships, or are we just adding people on Facebook? Let’s be real, you never talk to about 2/3 of your friends list. Ever. Don’t lie. You’re part of the 2/3 on someone’s list of people they never talk to. It’s a part of life as a millennial.

Call me crazy, but I’d rather have 1 good real friend than 1000 Facebook friends. That one friend will be there for me when I need them, while the other 1000 will maybe like my post and then keep scrolling. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a consolation comment from someone on Facebook, but that doesn’t replace real life! Can you think of that one friend?

Social media doesn’t always bring us closer. It actually drives us further apart sometimes. How many times have you seen a group of people eating or hanging out and they are all on their phones? We’re all guilty of this. We tend to settle for virtual relationships instead of true bonding time. And I get it, there are some people that are only FB friends. But make sure you take the time to have real meaningful conversations in REAL LIFE and with REAL PEOPLE. My generation needs to learn how to make eye contact and keep up conversations. It seems like our society likes to glorify being introverted and lazy. Nothing wrong with being introverted, but guess what? Many people will identify as introverts, who aren’t actually introverted! They’re just lazy and lack true social skills to interact with the world outside of social media. Not because they are actually introverted, but because they won’t put the effort into what it takes to have real friendships.

Millenials need a wake up call.

Life does not have safe spaces where everyone agrees with your ideas and you have no differences of opinion. That’s just not real life.

Life is not Facebook or instagram. You’re self worth never was or ever will be the amount of likes you get. How much does a “like” mean anymore, for real?? Why do we concern ourselves with that, when we should be concerning ourselves with the thousands of people dying and going to hell each and every day?

It’s time to reevaluate our priorities, Millenials. What are we living for? How do we want to be remembered? What legacy do we want to leave? What kind of impact do we want to make on the world? Liking that Facebook page about saving whales ISN’T going to save any whales. Sharing post about starving children in Africa ISN’T feeing starving children in Africa. It’s time to put the screen down and get motivated. Go out and accomplish great things for God. Go be something- be what God created you to be.

Seek Adventure!

Ashley Tackett

PS. Follow if you haven’t already and share this with a friend 🙂

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