I have a question for you: What’s next?
We live in a society where people are constantly looking for the ‘next’ big thing: the next hot car, the next event that everyone is going to hang out at, and even the next fashion trends. Down to the simplest things in life like the next movie to watch on Netflix. In social media, it is designed to appeal to ‘The Next’. Instagram wants us to keep scrolling to the next what… PICTURE. Twitter wants you to go to the next what… tweet or trend, and Facebook, Facebook wants just everything that is next (they are all over the place).
But what you will find, and you may have heard this before, is that there are 3 kinds of people in the world. That is, 1. The people that MAKE things happen 2. The people that watch things happen 3. The people who WONDER what happened. So I ask, which one are you? Are you the kind of person that has a plan? Because the beauty about thinking about ‘the next’ is that you have to be looking forward to something, in anticipation of something, in FAITH. If you do not expect something out of life, then the chances of something just happening are very slim. That is the equivalent of watching Zumba tapes on your couch eating White Castle and expecting to lose weight. And the thing that happens in our society, is that people will then get mad at Zumba because they didn’t lose the weight. We have to take responsibility for our actions and we have to look forward to ‘the next’.
My message today is simple. Don’t look for ‘the next’ big thing to be on TV or social media. Don’t look for the next big thing to be at your school or your church. Why? Because the next big thing is YOU! Samsung’s launched a slogan campaign (#teamandroid) in 2013 that said ‘The Next Big Thing is Already Here’
This was during the time when iPhone was the biggest phone in the world. The iPhone’s were selling off the shelves, I had an iPhone, my mom, my wife, I mean EVERYBODY had an iPhone and people were not thinking about Android phones at the time. It was a joke that Google even had a phone and people thought they should stick to search engines and YouTube. But Samsung made a bold move and they challenged what seemed to be a giant that was not able to be defeated.
Now, I don’t want to get all biblical and start talking about David and Goliath, but I will say that when you look at things like the City of Detroit, the residents need to know that they are ‘next’. They need to have enough confidence to know that no matter what situation the city goes through, whether it be a corrupt government, a school system in decline, or a slow job market, that Detroit doesn’t give up and in 10 or so years, everyone will look to us for the answers.
Stand tall Detroit, and know that YOU ARE NEXT
- Lionel Sims, Author