Human Touch Vs. Social Media

The Human Touch…Vs…Social Media

Question:  Can social media, texting, and emails serve as an adequate or equal substitute for good old-fashioned human- to- human, face- to- face, interaction?  I don’t believe it can.  And, sadly, I believe today’s youth are beginning to demonstrate this truth in devastating ways.

Run-aways, suicides, and attempted suicides are on the rise among young people.  The Millennium generation that is now before us has the world at their fingertips through modern-day technology…But, technology cannot hold someone’s hand when they are crying, upset, fearful, or needing assurance.

The craze of “texting” has been simplified or reduced to acronyms and icons in place of coherent sentences.  Instead of communicating face- to- face how one is actually feeling he or she only needs to “click” the appropriate icon and hit “send.”  But, does that truly deal with a person’s inward feelings, emotions, struggles, or need for love and acceptance?

Most professional neo-natal care-givers and stats will tell you that a baby thrives and recovers greater when they are held, gently touched, and talked to.  Eye-to-eye contact is very powerful in healing as well.  The same holds true with any person (regardless of age), patient, illness, or sickness.  The amazing power of human touch and personal human interaction cannot be underestimated in any realm of life.

I have often wondered why so many of today’s teenagers and young people enjoy posing so closely with one another for “selfies” or group-related pictures. It seems that they are just yearning for human contact!  Yet; they spend countless hours of texting without so much as looking into the face or eyes of the one they are communicating with.

Walk into any restaurant and instead of people carrying on old-fashioned eye-to-eye conversation they are deeply engaged in texting or surfing through social media.  The SmartPhone, iPhone, Tablets, and other hand-held devices have taken over the art of social conversation.  Yet; it is leaving a generation feeling null and void.

Not too long ago, I had a close family member to tell me to just “text” them instead of calling them. But, one very strong component of communicating is the chance to hear the other person’s voice and tone of voice.  No amount of texting or writing can take the place of hearing the voice of someone you love.

All of this texting, messaging, and email is causing our youth to suffer through feelings of actual human separation and isolation.  They may have the world at their fingertips but nothing is more comforting than a parent’s, grandparent’s, or loved one’s touch, voice, and focused physical presence.  I believe the same feelings of isolation and separation are also being felt among our elderly and aging population. Nothing can take the place of a parent hearing their child or grandchild’s sweet voice…It’s like music and sunshine to the heart.

Without human contact and personal interactions, many pre-mature neo-natal babies simply give up and die from various complications.  I feel the same is happening with today’s youth. They, too, are simply giving up and seeking a way out of life’s ills the only way they know how…through unfortunate acts that bring forth danger or even untimely death.

Today, I encourage you to take a child’s cell phone away and spend time in eye-to-eye, one-on-one conversation. Hug your child.  Hug them tightly and hug them close to your heart.  Let them know that nothing can take the place of the art of conversation and personal touch.  Let your child know that they can talk with you about anything…And, if they feel uncomfortable talking face- to- face with a parent about a particular subject or matter tell them to seek out time to be face- to- face with a trusted loved-one or trusted friend without the usage of cell phones, emails, or texting.

Also, let me add that if you have a parent or aging grandparent reach out to call them. Let them hear your voice; not just a cold, technical text or voice-mail…Feelings and emotions are to be shared one-on-one; face-to-face; and ear- to- ear…

Today, will you please reach out to listen to the voice of one who may be crying in the wilderness? It could save their life.

Remember, God Loves You…And HE is always available to listen….without using technology!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

Be Ye Separate…

Wherefore come out from among the world, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. (2 Corinthians 6:17).

I want to thank the wise, faithful, and dedicated Christians who have lived their lives separated from the things of this world.  So many have been such a personal blessing to me and to my family down through the years. Several of these faithful Christians have already made the crossing and are enjoying the majestic splendors of Heaven.  And, many are still living today and boldly serving Christ even as I type this blog.

Nevertheless, sadly, there is a lethal and powerfully seductive spirit that has overcome so many believers who once lived consecrated lives for Christ. In these last days it is very difficult at times to distinguish between Believers (followers) of Christ from the lost and dying world.

Unfortunately, many of today’s preachers, pastors, and Bible teachers possess very little, if any, Biblical standards that hold them to a life of separation. And, what makes it even sadder is that these same non-standard ministers laugh at, mock, and make fun of those Men-of-God who do.

I can plainly recall when my husband entered into the ministry back in 1980 that he made it a point to separate his life for the calling and sake of the ministry.  Many of our friends and family abandoned us as we abandoned the things of this world. It wasn’t that my husband thought he was “better” than others, he just didn’t want “others” to question his call to serve our Lord.  Like the old saying goes, “If he’s a preacher the woods are full of them.” My husband wanted people to see God’s difference upon his life.  And, God did make a difference in my husband’s life.

It breaks my heart into that so many professing Christians are being deceived and being blinded to the things of the world. It takes continued pursuit and the indwelling of self-control and forbearance (Fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:22) to come out among, separate, and to overcome the world.  Self-control is something that we, as Christians, must pursue daily. I know that I have to pursue this in my own life.

The Bible teaches that no man can serve two masters (Matthew 6:24).  A person will either love one and hate the other or despise one and cling to the other.  Within context, this scripture is referring to the love of money. But, how true can this same principle be applied to our daily living. We will either love the things of the world, or we will love the things of God.

Mind you; I am not perfect. And, I must confess my sins each and every day. I don’t always think the pure thoughts that I should think. And, I don’t always react to situations the way that I should in order to honor Christ. But, when I know that I have sinned, I quickly turn to Christ and ask for His forgiveness that I may not “dwell” in my sin or sinful conduct.  This is not an excuse to “sin.” As Paul states, “God forbid.” But, I’m just saying that when we do sin we can confess that sin and ask God to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9). As Christians, our goal should always be to “keep the faith,” and “finish the course.”

Sadly, there are so many who “claim” to know Jesus or “claim” to be saved while living lives that are either completely contrary to the teachings of the Word of God or live just enough to keep a “toenail” in God’s ways. For example, the Bible plainly states, “Not forsaking the assembly of ourselves together.” (Hebrews 10:25). YET;  these so-called “Toenail Christians” will put every activity under the sun above attending the House of God, attending a Sunday school class, or a Bible study.  Since they “feel” that they live a “good” life why do they need church in it?  It’s just hard for me to accept someone as being a “follower of Christ” who never seems to be following Him!

The Scripture states, “Come OUT among them and be ye separated.”  But, so often people who claim to be Christians are not only NOT coming out from among them and being separated from the things of this world, but they preferring, supporting, enjoying, and maintaining a close relationship with the things of the world!  As Paul stated, “God forbid.”

Let me ask you this question: How are you living today? Can the world see Jesus in you? Can they see you living a consecrated life unto the Lord even when you do fall, mess up, sin, or make a mistake?  Do they see you quickly repent, ask forgiveness, seek reconciliation, and continue pressing onward? Oh, I pray so.  For in doing so, you are coming “out from among them (the world)!

My friend if you say that you are a Christian, I hope that you will “come out from among the world and be ye separate (not fashioned to) the things of this world… May the God of Peace be with you today.  Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

Break Away!

Break Away!  I was recently asked why I named my first book, blog site, and weekly newspaper column “Break Away?”  Truthfully, I did not know the answer to that question for many years.

I first began to write the plot to my book, “Break Away,”  in the early 80’s. For decades, I kept the story-line tucked away in my memory. As time allowed, I would pull out the pages, reread what had been written, and add more details, events, and happenings. The dialogue was something that just seemed to flow between the characters as the story developed over time.

It wasn’t until 2010 that the final text was completed and published.  Even though various details changed over the years before the final print, one thing never changed; the book’s title. After the book was published through West Bow Press I set up a blog site with the same title. It was around this time when I felt the Lord speak to my heart that we must all “BREAK AWAY” from our own man-made ideas, plans, philosophies, schedules, and other hindrances that keep us from finding and serving God in all things.

God wants a personal, intimate relationship with His children. He wants to be our number one friend in all things (Proverbs 18:24).  As Believers, God wants us to reach out to Trust Him in all circumstances, matters, and situations within our lives.  The Old Testament book of Isaiah (55:9) teaches us, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways (God’s ways) higher than your ways and my thoughts (God’s thoughts) than your thoughts.”

Until we learn to Break Away  from our own ideologies, thoughts, and ways, we won’t know the full Joy of finding God in every circumstance in our lives; both good or bad.  God is our Supreme authority in all matters of life; things seen and unseen.

Like the Prophet Nehemiah, we, too, can say, “The Joy of the Lord is my strength”(Nehemiah 8:10) when we learn to rely and trust Him in ALL things. Today, if you are struggling to find Joy and Peace in a non-peaceful circumstance or surrounding I encourage you to “Break Away” to Find God in all things…I encourage you to place your whole heart’s trust and assurance in Him…For with God Nothing shall be impossible.  (Luke 1:37). Amen.

Remember, God Loves You

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed Author