As I scroll through my social media feed I am very encouraged to see powerful photos of life happening! Some of the best are the pictures of a family photo session, as they are all laughing and looking right into the eyes of their loved ones. Love seeing a father holding their kid high in the air as their precious kid is smiling looking into their fathers eyes. A newly engaged couple doing an engagement photo shoot is almost always a joyful session. As the newly engaged couples looking intently into each others
eyes, showing the excitement about their life together. These pictures are so captivating because it is rare to see this in our everyday life outside of social media.
The engagement pictures that are starting to really stick out to me are the ones where we are totally disengaged from life. The ones where we walk into a restaurant and their is a family and each kid has an iPad with headphones on while the parents are on the phones at same time, and no one is talking or smiling. When kids are trying to get the parents attention and we are on our phones and we “can’t hear them.” When people walk all around with their heads down not engaging with anyone. them
I am not saying I have this figured out, but it is something that I do work on and try to engage with people as much as I can. I find this to be very fun and exciting to see the reaction of people when you start to actually talk to them. I believe that for us to be as effective as we can for Christ, this is a way to open the door to someones heart. Since we are called to we make a difference in this life then we need to engage others face to face.
People are not prepared for you to talk to them, they don’t know what to do when you are in an elevator with them and they are starring down at their phone, and you ask them how they are doing?
When your waiting in line at the coffee shop or grocery store and you have a conversation with the people in line. You never know what will happen when we start to engage with the people God puts in our path, or even our own family. When you look at the engagement pictures of people without devices vs the ones with devices look how much happier they look. It truly is heartbreaking at times to see so many people missing what is around them for the device in front of them.
There is no doubt that we need human interaction. Not only could this change someones day for the better, it could change their life for eternity. I challenge you to leave your phone in your pocket or at your house and go out into the world and have some real engagement.