Your daughter likely has hundreds if not well over a thousand friends and followers on her social media profiles… but it’s Friday night and she’s home complaining she’s bored and has no one to hang out with. Sound familiar?
Girls today are burdened with the reality of a disingenuous culture that results in fake friendships, lack of meaningful connection, and crippling FOMO: fear of missing out.
We aren’t meant to feel alone. God created man to be in fellowship with others. In fact, only 15 verses stand between God’s creation of man and woman in the Book of Genesis. God couldn’t wait to design community in Eden. Scripture constantly talks of the need for man to unite, to come together, to join in communion, to be a church—all in the name of serving the Most High. Consider the words of Ecclesiastes 4:12, NIV as the compass toward a true goal of togetherness. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
As a community of believers, we are all called to form meaningful relationships with one another and those in the world around us. Show your daughter how to be a friend by being a friend to others. Schedule time together doing an activity you both love. Teach her, through your actions, that that sense of loneliness and her fear of missing out can be erased by stepping up and actively seeking to connect with those around her—starting with her family.
Listen to the Raising Godly Girls Minute with Patti Garibay: