My friend Michelle has the heart of a missionary. Sure, she’s been on short-term mission trips to Haiti, and she even used her nursing skills on the field by serving with Mercy Ships for a year overseas. But, Michelle also shares her redemption story everywhere she goes if someone will listen.
Recently, she broke her ankle and spent a few weeks unable to venture out much. If you know Michelle, you’d realize how hard that was for her. She doesn’t slow down, and on the weekends you will usually find her hiking a trail in her new home state of Arizona. Now that she lives half way across the country, we keep in touch via social media quite a bit.
During her down time, Michelle started chronicling her long-rehabilitation on Instagram. She posted pictures of each new cast, and once Instagram rolled out their new “Stories” video feature, she streamed video live from her doctor’s office. I started watching her every night as I’d eat a snack on my couch after work.
She is brave, I thought. I wonder how many people are actually watching this along with me? She is just being herself and taking us along for the ride.
A couple of days later, I pushed play on a video of Michelle and expected her to fill me in on her progress, but instead she wanted to share her story.
Michelle explained that a co-worker had asked her how following Jesus had changed her life, and so she testified how yielding her life to Christ had transformed her story from trauma to triumph. Asking God to forgive her sin and re-direct her life was the best decision she’d ever made. God had taken her shame and condemnation and replaced them with new-found peace and purpose.
Michelle’s bold choice to proclaim God’s redemption in her life on Instagram has challenged me. I mean, what am I so afraid of? Why do I fear sharing my story?
I’ve started to think about how taking brave steps of faith to use social media for God’s glory could actually save a life. I mean, Michelle works as a surgery nurse every day, but if someone gave their life to Jesus after hearing her story on Instagram, then that is bigger than any work she may do at a hospital.
I have the healing balm that this world needs. If I don’t share it, lives are at stake. So, I’ve started to pray and ask God to help me be courageous. I want to creatively share my story on social media.
Do you want to join me? I’ve got a few simple suggestions.
Four Easy Ways to Share Jesus on Instagram:
Lyli Dunbar loves teaching. For 17 years, she mentored teenagers in the Christian school setting, and now she has serves as Associate Director of Curriculum at Trinity International University Florida. Lyli married her Prince Charming in her 40’s and has a heart for encouraging young couples and singles in God’s waiting room. She enjoys road trips with her husband, connecting with women through Bible study, and reading way too many books. Lyli writes about life lessons and faith on her personal blog. You may also connect with her on Facebook,Twitter, and Pinterest.
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3/28/2017 02:39:39 pm
Thanks for sharing this Lyli- I found you from Purposeful Faith's #linkup and I'm so glad I did. I have started posting to Instagram everyday and sharing God's goodness along with my writing/devotionals. I think I'm going to try the video feed sometime soon to pray for my followers. I love that idea. Who doesn't need prayer! ❤️
4/4/2017 08:50:42 am
So lovely to "meet you" through Kelly's linkup, Amy! I hope you will be encouraged by what you read here. Blessings :)
3/29/2017 05:38:13 am
Lyli, like you, I marveled at the way Michelle shared her experience on social media. How wonderful that you have put into words what we all need to learn from her example. Blessings!
4/4/2017 08:51:51 am
Iron sharpens iron, and Michelle definitely helps keep me sharp -- as do you, sweet friend. Lovely to see you here!
3/29/2017 09:03:20 am
Thanks for this. I'm trying to get up the courage.
Yay for Michelle! :) I really like the visual gratitude journal idea. I cringe at the video idea, but I fear the Lord's trying to bring me out of that comfort zone, so I'll probably be doing some of that stuff before long anyway. Why bother fighting God? It saves time just to let Him have His way. *smile* -- Thanks for sharing, Lyli! :)
4/4/2017 08:49:24 am
We can be brave together! xo :)
3/30/2017 03:46:23 pm
Love the thought of redeeming social media in all its forms! I'm still just sticking with blogging and LinkedIn, but this is super inspiration ...
4/4/2017 08:47:49 am
Linda, I think it's important to know your limits. Social media can really be a time waster, so kudos to you for making choices that work for you.
3/31/2017 12:56:38 pm
These are some great ideas! I'm not on instagram yet, but maybe someday!
4/4/2017 08:48:39 am
I like Instagram better than facebook -- the pictures are lovely,and I find less vitriol there.
4/6/2017 07:46:06 am
Opportunities to share our faith are everywhere, aren't they?! But we must be willing. Thanks for inspiring us to be more purposeful about it!
4/7/2017 04:31:18 am
Thanks, Lyli! I'm still navigating my way around Instagram like the tech newbie that I am, but you 've inspired me!
4/22/2017 07:57:38 pm
Great ideas. May we all be so bold as your friend.
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