What will historians use as historical sources in 2000 years? Will professors at the future universities of the world reference scholarly “selfies” and tweets that are detrimental to their research?
2000 years ago you had to be a ruler, a wealthy person of statues, a great war hero, or an infamous rebel to be penned in the annals of history.
Now we all right our own history, in 140 characters or less. We document our life weather we are a soccer mom, a college freshman, or a Billionaire.
Even though some stories get more press, more readers, and more interest, everyone gets an equal opportunity to tell their story.
So what story are we telling?
Are we even telling a story?
I spend lots of time each week with the most tech savvy generation that has ever walked the planet, High school students.
And what I see is that they stories they are telling are the stories they think the world wants to hear, not the stories the world needs to hear.
And that is where most of us find ourselves.
The world wants to hear stories of success, so we pursue them and try to tell that story. The world wants to hear stories of vanity, so we try to look the part. The world wants to hear stories of “comfort”, so we pursue that ever elusive goal that is always slipping through out fingers even after the next promotion, or bonus, or milestone.
There has never been a time in the history of the world when so many have had an opportunity to communicate so much so fast. And those opportunities are only growing.
But is the story you are telling, the story you were created to tell.
Because there are stories the world wants to hear, but then there are stories the world needs to hear.
The world needs stories of irrational hope when international conflicts seem endless; Stories of unconditional love when the divorce rate in America hovers around half; stories of courageous generosity when millions starve, and freeze and die from easily preventable causes.
History is often a record of people who told stories the world needed to hear, in a time people wanted something else.
May we all tell great stories.
P.S. I also started another blog How To Survive Christians. Check it out at howtosurvivechristians.wordpress.com