It’s a beautiful morning outside and as you finish the last of your coffee you decide to scroll Facebook to check on a friends recent trip. She said she would post pictures today and you are anxious to see them. As you scroll down you see another friends post with a picture of who you are voting for and words like…only the worst human being could vote for candidate X. You suddenly are hurt and angry. You feel like you should respond since you are clearly not the worst human being in the world. You have sound reasons for your choice. After a minute you think, “If only they could hear it from me they would understand.” You respond to the post and……..it doesn’t go as well as you’d hoped. The responses are coming in fast and furious and you feel ganged up on. Your hands are shaking and your mood is now altered. And by the looks of things, the friendship may be in jeopardy.
Sound familiar? And it’s not just in the political arena. In the blogging community, there is a joke that you can put up a picture, of say, a beautiful shower curtain and someone will shame you for encouraging people to bathe too much and waste water. There is no shortage of opinions and critics.
And this is why we started the Be the Light Challenge: a week long social media challenge to be God’s light and love online.
All the participating bloggers are very excited to have you here and see where this week takes us……. and social media. We’ve been praying for YOU!!
Where is His light?
It doesn’t take long to see there is a lot of darkness in social media, but it can be used for His glory! What we may need to do is check to see if what we share reflects His love for His children or are we sharing more our own thoughts/opinions or even defending ourselves?
As a Christian, we are called first and foremost, to love as He has loved us (John 13:34). If we are honest, that’s one TALL ORDER!
Of course, there are times we are called to share injustices, opinions, and feelings, but how do we do that in love and when and are we first sharing His love?
One of the tools I have used personally started using is ~ WWMTD.
Do you remember the old trend of wearing a bracelet that had WWJD (What would Jesus do?)
Well, I changed mine a bit~
WWMTD – What would Mother Teresa do?
Now, don’t get me wrong here. I am not encouraging anyone to worship her, or put her in the same league as Christ. However, I do believe Mother Teresa provided us an earthly example. You don’t really see a ton of quotes from her, but most know her by her ACTIONS. She made a difference in the world. She was focused on the end game, not short term results, all while being human. Her actions were louder than her words. For me, I want to be more like that #goals.
When I am tempted to discuss controversial subjects online or reply to someone, or say something online in a coded way, I reflect upon this little code to myself – WWMTD?
- Pray first
- Decide if I am CALLED to say something
- Do more, talk less
- Focus on the end game
- Ask if this will help further His kingdom
Just this little code, to myself, has saved a lot of useless frustration and wasted time.
It’s hard to be His hands and feet, when we are so busy with our words. (1 Cor 13:1)
So instead of the fight, can we –
- Walk away?
- Pray first?
- If we have a passion, or opinion, we feel called to, can we do something instead (James 2:22)?
- Are we sharing Christ’s love when we post or is it for our own voice?
- What is the legacy we are leaving in what we do and say?
- Remember if God is for us who can be against us? (Romans 8:31) We don’t need to defend ourselves, He will do it for us.
Each day this week, a different blogger will be sharing their encouragement to be God’s love and light online. Here’s the schedule:
If you would like to take this week long challenge, click the Be the Light Challenge Personal Contract image below. The contract isn’t for us. This is just between you and God.
On that contract page you will also find info on the special Facebook Group to help encourage, support, and connect with others.
What an exciting week, but also a time for testing. Prayer will be an invaluable tool to keep our hearts and minds on Christ Jesus. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow over at 11 Magnolia Lane
For Salvage Sister & Mister newsletter subscribers, we have a special 1 John 4:19 printable for you to have as a reminder for your commitment this week and beyond.
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