“Most neuroses and some psychoses can be traced to the unnecessary
and unhealthy habit of daily wallowing in the troubles and sins of five billion strangers.”
-Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
Let’s be honest-
How many Facebook friends do you have?
How many followers do you have?
How many people do you follow?
How many of those do you actually know,
and/or talk to on a somewhat routine basis?
If you’re anything like me, the answer is, very few.
So why have them?
I not too long ago completely deleted my Facebook, stayed off it for a month, and then decided to just make a whole new one.
I was only going to add family, co-workers, and close friends.
Before deleting my original page I had over 1,500 friends. 1,500.
My, oh my.
Un-plugging from the world
Is there a purpose other than just to see how many friends and followers we can get?
I’ve struggled lately with my personal walk with God, which in return has affected the way I voice myself online.
I have (well, had) two different Twitter accounts.
One for my friends, where I said what I wanted, and complained as often as I wanted.
And one for my writing and Jesus-talk; the ‘good-girl’ side.
I then realized that I was hiding the fact that I am a follower of Christ.
Well, according to Kyle Idleman’s book Not A Fan, I wasn’t even being a follower at all.
I was praising God when the context was ‘appropriate’.
Where my non-christian friends wouldn’t see it too often.
Where I could say what I wanted and not have to worry who would see.
Where nobody would judge me, because well, they were doing the same thing.
I decided to make a change.
But instead of deleting my ‘do-what-I-want’ Twitter, I deleted my ‘good-girl’ Twitter.
I already have a great number of followers on my personal one, so why not start there?
If I’m going to truly change my ways,
I need to do it in the place where I may even be judged.
I need to do it in the place where I may even be mocked.
I need to do it in the place where I may even be ‘un-followed’.
The purpose behind Social-Networks
I have been guilty lately of using my Twitter account to literally dump my negative thoughts, baggage, complaints, and junk.
This was brought to my attention so strongly, recently.
I realized I was abusing social media.
Instead of separating my faith from my networks, I need to use these networks to reach out to those non-christian friends.
I need to embrace those that don’t see eye-to-eye with me;
I need to not be afraid to truly follow Jesus.
And in doing so, I need to make sure that others see it.
We have so much power at our hands!
So many opportunities to reach out to people!
There are millions of people on social network sites, daily.
That’s a million chances to bring the light of Jesus to somebody.
That’s a million chances to step up for Jesus.
That’s a million chances to show you are a follower of Christ.
Don’t abuse it.
The next step
So what now?
Well, take a risk.
Use your social media connections to shine a little light of Jesus.
I have challenged myself.
To reach out to others.
To show I am a follower of Jesus.
No matter how many people un-follow or un-friend me.
For example, everyday I make it a routine to write on a random friend’s wall.
No reason. No motive. No gain.
Just a little note of love, prayer, and inspiration.
I have also refrained from posting any negative comments, complaints, and phrases on both Twitter and Facebook.
It is not a dumping ground.
I need to bring my troubles to the Lord, not the internet. (a lesson we could all do well to adopt)
They’re little steps.
But they show a difference.
I want to live a life where people can look at me and know I am a follower of Christ.
Even on my social-networks.
How often do you use your social-network sites as a dumping ground? Could you use a good ‘ole media cleanse? I challenge you.
- Some thoughts on the crowded field of social networks… (shannonturlington.com)
- Avoid Overloading Social Media Networks with Useless Noise (blogs.constantcontact.com)
- Can We Go Wrong “Following Jesus?” (ptl2010.com)
- www.notafan.com (Kyle Idleman)