Social Networking. The two words mean nothing & everything to us these days. They are so much a part of our everyday life that we think nothing of them, even when we're fully engaged in it. Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, YouTube, Digg, Flickr, & the list goes on...You know you've made an impact as a social networking site when your company name has become a verb...to tweet or twitter. Look, I use these sites just like the next person, but I must say probably not as much. I absolutely see the need for it in this ever-growing fast-paced society called planet Earth. Once I finally jumped in the social media pool, it took me one day to re-connect with my best friend from high school. I couldn't find him anywhere & suddenly there he was. I totally get it! However, as a follower of Christ, I feel it's our God given duty, albeit mandate, to be very careful as we walk around the highly populated corridors in the school of life. Let's look at what God's Word says in Colossians:
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." -Colossians 3:17
At this point in my ministry, I have been to a myriad of conferences, some good (mostly) & some bad (boy was it bad). I have learned some valuable lessons that have helped me tremendously in my walk with Christ & my position in worship ministry. Surprisingly, last year, at a conference in Texas, I heard a very simple statement that made a profound impact into my daily routine. The reason it was surprising is that it wasn't a planned statement as a part of a well thought out lesson. It was simply a passing thought, a rabbit being chased. After quoting several hilarious facebook status posts, The instructor said this, "I have made a vow with my God to not put ANYTHING online that doesn't glorify Him, & help others to do the same."
Friends, it's really as simple as that. We have a choice as to what we put out there, & as you know, once it's out there, it's out there forever. Does this mean I'm going to stop using social networks, absolutely not! I'm just not going to let them use me. Let's stop ranting & raving for the whole world to see, and start following what Christ says in Matthew 18 & Matthew 22.
For those of you that follow this blog, I'm sure you've noticed that I don't post very often. You're not going to get your daily dose of anything here. That being said, I hope you've noticed that whatever I do post, be it on this blog, on my Facebook page, or very occasionally Twitter, it's always very purposeful...
TO GLORIFY GOD & HELP OTHERS TO DO THE SAME!