On the encouragement of Micah Hershberger, I am trying something new – reaction videos. And just like the LinkedIn meme I saw the other day told me to, this is an effort at being brave enough to suck at something new.
You can view my first three forays into this internet trend over at my YouTube channel.
The first is a reaction to a JD Hall podcast. The second one is a reaction to a Mark Levin interview with Richard Kemp. And last and most recent, the third is a reaction to a Jocko Willink video that recently went viral.
In my entirely subjective and self-serving opinion, I think my first efforts are not quite bad. Each one has been better than the last. But you watch and be the judge.
Let me know if you have any other videos you’d like to see me react to. Practice makes progress.
Why Reaction Videos?
You may be wondering why I am doing this. And I’ll tell you – it has everything to do with the intersection of my quest to get better at communication, how and why Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb, and a keen desire to bring my whole person into this effort to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind.
That is not to say every reaction video is going to be me presenting my best self. But it is to say I think we need to be looking our actual self in the mirror when we need touching up and greater discipline, rather than looking at an image of our idealized self and trying to reckon with that.
Reaction videos are admittedly – at least according to some critics quoted and referenced on the Wikipedia article on the subject here, at least potentially “graceless” and “narcissistic.”
But then how many folks are trying to take to the reaction video enterprise with a view to loving God and their fellow man, or a public dependence on God’s grace, or out of a desire to improve social graces?
Now you know of at least one person – yours truly.
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