Maybe it is just me, but I am finding this whole Facebook investment talk to be rather interesting. I mean, who would have ever thought that we would be at a place where a website where people post pictures, videos and update the world about their lives would actually turn into a legit company. This is the American dream at its best.
This does make me wonder where they next thing will come from and what it will be? I guess if I could figure that out I would be quite wealthy in the future. It seems with every passing year there are more and more ways to connect with each other via media that is somewhat impersonal. Is it all that bad? I don’t think so. I just think we can get lost in the mess of social media platforms and forget that people exist in the real world. There was a day when people could sit in the car and talk with the people in the car instead of surfing Facebook for things to get mad about. There was a day when I didn’t have tame the cell phone monster in youth ministry or write blog posts mocking smart phones. Are we truly at a better place in history now that we have twitter to communicate things with strangers? I guess we won’t know for a while. All I know is that there has to be a time in the future when these media platforms change because nothing ever stays the same. Even Facebook has changed things many times. How about that timeline?
But, It doesn’t just happen there. Take photography as an example of this. I mean, who would have ever thought that Kodak would go bankrupt. Yet, with everything being digital now, there is virtually no need for film any longer. This is not a bad thing, it is innovative and moves us forward. Change in this sense is a good thing.
Internet technology has changed, which has made life that much easier for a lot of us. Do you remember the days of the dreaded dial-up modem? It would take forever to get to e-mail, much less anything else we now do online. These are good changes, which create more opportunities for all of us.
With changes in technology, also come changes in thinking. With social media there is a temptation to start to get an inflated view of self. With data available in real-time, we know everything about everything all the time. We hashtag our way though life and life becomes somewhat shallow as a result. The dialogue about values, morality or region gets limited by just these little snippets people gather through-out the day. Videos often only tell part of the story and ideas of truth or God’s Word get muted by the larger than life celebrities.
Culture changes. People embrace new technologies for a time and then something new comes along. The popular topics that people rally around change over the years. The religious values that people cherish get undermined by politicians or supposed liberties.
Yet, even in all of the fads and changes of life, we have a God who never changes. He is not swayed by ideas that get people elected. He is not enamored with things like Facebook or Twitter. These things, like people, come for a time and are gone. If we were to go ahead 20 years from now, things would be different. What will be the latest thing we are talking about? Who really knows? What I do know is that God will still be the same God He has always been. This is why when it comes to what we base our life on, it is best to base it on a solid foundation.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.- Matthew 7:24
Just to be clear, I am not saying people are wrong for investing in things like Facebook. What I am saying is that we all need to realize that no matter what we put ourselves into in this life, there is only one thing that will remain true. It is not culture, it is not what makes you feel good. The only truth that will ever remain is the truth of God’s Word.
Now there’s an investment worth that has a guaranteed dividend!