I’m going to just throw this out there-this Tik Tok thing is ridiculous. Being a teenager is hard enough without having social media tell you what’s trending. I. Can’t. Even. Because some how in some way, stealing has gone from wrong to funny. Where are the morals? Before social media-teenagers just did stupid things-their brains aren’t fully developed yet-heck I was like queen of stupid choices as a teenager. But now-they are doing stupid things and it’s a call to challenge all viewers out there to do what I do or try to one up me. Who needs that kind of pressure? We already live in such a hurting world, kids and teens are struggling more than ever with depression and anxiety thanks to the Pandemic. Depression and anxiety aren’t new and they aren’t around just because of the pandemic, I’m just saying that the pandemic has made it worse, as has social media along with theirs and our constant access to screens and the internet. Maybe this distracts their minds or gives them something to laugh about. But maybe we don’t need something to laugh about as much as we need to show love, kindness, and compassion in this world right now. What if all these ignorant and disturbing trends on the internet are really just cries for attention from a lost and hurting generation? What are we as adults(parents, aunts, uncles, godparents, grandparents, guardians, friends, neighbors, etc going to do to address it? I’ve talked to my kids about it-and from my standpoint-I don’t think talking about it is enough. Kids right now need our unconditional love, support, guidance, and time. They need to know that we are here, that we are a safe place, that we want to hear all of their thoughts and opinions, that we value them, that we want to spend time with them. More than ever, they need to be reminded the difference between right and wrong and challenged to stand up for what is right and not blend into the background with thoughts like, “I would never do that, but the videos are funny.” No- it is wrong! Our kids heads are being filled with garbage, our heads are being filled with garbage, and you know what they say, “garbage in, garbage out.” What I fill my time, my eyes, and my mind with will no doubt be a reflection of me, of us, so it’s time to take a look at our own lives so we can start modeling better lives for our kids, after all, we want the best for them right? What if we spent more time with them? What if we better modeled kindness? What if we took away social media? What if we filled social media with words and actions that are uplifting? Though I would love to be able to solve all of the worlds problems, I can’t, but alas God can. John 16:33 says, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.” God already knows what is happening and what is yet to come. He knows every thought I think before I think it, Psalm 139:2 “You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.” He knows our anxieties and our kids anxieties, Psalm 139:23, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Philipians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” So here’s my thought, here’s my challenge. Do something kind. Do something kind for your family, do something kind for your neighbors(whether you know them or not), do something kind for a school in your community. Maybe take a picture of your kind gesture and share it here or on my Facebook or Instagram. Do your kind act anonymously or don’t. The point here is to just be kind with nothing in return. Often times when someone does something kind, we want to reciprocate and that is not the point. Whatever you do, whether in word or action, do it out of the kindness of your heart. Let’s spread kindness and kindness will spread.
God is my standard for living, He is my moral compass. That doesn’t mean that I am perfect. I mess up everyday. But, I have Him and His love and His word. If you don’t know God, I’d love to talk to you about Him.