Thank you for not doing it right. As in, this whole social media gig. You've been throwing the "right" way to do Instagram for a loop here and I'm loving it.
There's a lot of noise right now about "working the algorithm" and formulas to "keep followers engaged". It's a long, long list of shoulds and sure-fire ways to get ahead of the game for the "instagrammer" as well as the "audience." It's a polarizing message to buy into because you and I can start to believe that one of us stands on a podium while the other has been asked to be seated at a lower level and not speak.
Then, there's this space. This quiet corner of the wide, weird internet where we both show up and give. It feels like we've pressed mute on all the racket here. My heart--and hopefully yours too--feels immensely relieved by that.
Truth: there's no social media strategy that will replace the magic of *actually* listening to one other. I've stopped focusing on engagement or vanity growth and committed to listening instead. Listening to Jesus Christ, to His inner workings on my soul, to you. And then, make time to do the hard, good work of creating something here that meets you where you're at to offer His love, help and hope.
But, do you want to know the best part? You've turned right around did the same thing for me (if we were talking together in person right now, I'd awkwardly clear my throat and kind of cough and blink really fast when I say that). You'll never know what it means to my still-healing heart to be supported in the ways I have been by you.
So, thank you. Thank you for allowing me to share parts of my story and be warmly welcomed, regardless. Thank you for teaching me that social media status is laughably irrelevant. Thank you for challenging me to show up to serve, not show off to be seen.
When the world shouts at us to keep clambering to the top, we can choose to clear off the table, sit down and commune.
They'll say we're doing it all "wrong" and I couldn't be more grateful. Thank you. 🍃