“This is boring,” I thought as I scrolled through Twitter one afternoon. “Same crap, different day.”
But mindless scrolling provides an addictive numbing, so I continued. After a few minutes, the “Who To Follow” list in the right-hand corner caught my eye and offered something new…
I stared at the list and frowned. Something was wrong, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I tried refreshing, but nothing grabbed my attention. Then, after several minutes of more scrolling and refreshing, I noticed it.
Everyone on my “Who To Follow” list was a white, American, Christian, blogging, conservative, wife and mother …just like me.
No wonder I’m not feeling anything.
No wonder we’re all stuck.
No wonder social media is so popular.
But this is not a Twitter problem. It’s a human heart problem…
Our natural instinct is to be self-centered and narrow minded. We were born wanting to control our lives and dig in our heels.
But Jesus is in the business of shaking things up and moving lost souls.
What’s exciting and terrifying about following Him is in knowing that you’ll end up a completely different person in a completely different place.
Twitter’s algorithm doesn’t account for the fact that I was made for more. I was made in the image of my Creator and for returning to Him in holiness.
And Jesus knows I’m not there yet.
I need people who diversify my experiences.
I need people who challenge my religious beliefs.
I need people who remind me of my propensity to hide, judge, and hate.
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17
Wouldn’t we be healthier if we honestly welcomed opposing viewpoints instead of patting ourselves on the back with more of the same?
Wouldn’t life be richer if we reached across national, racial, and socio-economic borders in the name of love and change?
Wouldn’t it be great if Twitter would notify me when I’m stuck in a rut with notifications like*:
- “Hey, Karen. It might be good for you to consider this person’s perspective. Follow @NotYourRace.”
- “Karen, your perspective is shrinking again. It’s time to follow @AcrossTheWorld.”
- “Karen, you were made for more. Turn from your usual newsfeed and follow @JesusOfNazareth.”
I’m desperate for a new algorithm. I’m longing for mindfulness, deep feelings, and transformation.
I’m scared, but ready for the abundant life I’ve been promised.
In 2016, I’m not settling for “same crap, different year”. Jesus is on the move to new places…
… and I’m following Him. Won’t you?
“Aslan,” said Lucy, “you’re bigger.”
“That is because you are older, little one,” answered he.
“Not because you are?”
“I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”
Prince Caspian – Chapter 10
*I made up these Twitter accounts to make my point. They are not meant to be real suggestions.