In January of 2010, I first ventured out into the world of social media to help promote a district wide campaign to raise funds for schools. I think the ‘world wide web’ is a great tool to get people’s needs known by others. It gives others the opportunity to help, if they desire. Sometimes we just need to know how to help. The needs of others can be met more efficiently when there’s a greater number of people aware of the help needed.
Unfortunately, the ‘world wide web’ isn’t always used for a positive purpose. Often it’s used to be hurtful and bring shame or embarrassment to others. People use it to glorify themselves as they judge and tare down others. When you see someone talking disrespectfully about another, beware. They may talk that way about you when you’re not around. It does tell us in Proverbs 16:28 that someone who speaks falsely of others becomes isolated from friends.
The greatest commandment is to love God and the second is to love one another. This doesn’t mean ‘only when we are face to face’. We are to love everyone, always, in all ways, even when on social media. Everything you post on social media should be truthful and done in a loving kind way. There is no reason, ever, to do or say anything in a hurtful or disrespectful way. Are you using social media in a loving, kind way? How can you be a positive influence on your social media sites?
I’m thankful for those who offer kind and encouraging words, to inspire and uplift, through social media. I’m thankful for the opportunity to share what’s in my heart, to possibly help another through a tough time. I’m thankful I can connect with people all over the world. I’m thankful for the many smiles and laughter I experienced from other social media sites all over the world. I’m thankful for those who share their silly, crazy moments in life to bring laughter and comfort to others.
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the Holy Spirit, which offers us encouragement and comfort. I pray we would be more aware of the words we chose to speak and write. May our words always be helpful, not hurtful, Amen.