In the last few years the amount of digital invites to events I have received as well as posted is kinda overwhelming. From a back yard BBQ, student ministry events, birthday parties, church functions, volunteer opportunities, weddings & doggie walk days. It very easy to check my notifications or comments and check yes or no but I've also noticed how easily the statement of "oh yeah I scanned that but forgot" is for our culture. For myself Notifications line up with the digital idea of vomit. They basically just give you "permission" to be a part of things.
Notifications come & go like breathing...but I would argue that they are as addictive and harmful as breathing in smoke. They can be thrown around so quickly & flippantly that they lose an actual invite to be a part of something significant. It becomes noise into our lives. A friend of mine, Adam McClane, posts some interesting thoughts on notifications here and I'd encourage you to read his post.
Now when I receive a invitation in the mail or a personal invitation I remember it so much more. I know for myself that the personal letter or personal invite makes me feel like I'm wanted. I can belong. I have a group of people I can join to share moments of life together with a certain amount of relational intimacy.
The contrary is being given permission. The "sure you can do that" or "yes I will let you join us" type statements. The type of statements where there is no real thought behind the invite and it is more in line with just being given permission to be a part of the background of everything.
Our kids want to be invited with us as parents to do life together. They wanted invited into significant conversations and life events. They want their voice valued & listened too in their own family unit.
They don't want to feel that we just give them permission to be treated similarly to this statement "FINE! You can do this, but just do this one thing".
Students also want an invitation. Students want to be asked with relational connection to be a part of something bigger than them that could be great. Students want to walk with you in life and create some amazing life moments together.
The Gospel isn't about being given permission to accept God's Grace, it is an invitation to be a part of Christ's Kingdom.
These might just be my thoughts & I may be arguing semantics but I'd invite you to share your thoughts on that matter!
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