Is it just me, or is anyone else disheartened of all the hard knocks in the world? Are you tired of reading people’s harsh words as you scroll through Facebook? Are you saddened by the lack of gospel being shared and the continuous flow of people who don’t want to follow Jesus anymore? Are you frustrated with how I take all these things and make them about me – I mean you??
I’ve been struggling with keeping a Christ-like attitude when it comes to social media. I’ve been hurt when people comment rude things on my posts sharing the gospel. I’m tired of the lack on encouragement and the abundance of criticism. And it’s been a struggle to keep my eyes on Jesus – I want to keep stewing, replaying the rudeness, allowing my self to disengage from interactions so I can’t get hurt anymore. I have, for the first time, contemplated cutting off social media all together because of how tired I am. And I LOVE social media and the good that CAN come from it!
But social media isn’t the problem. The people on social media aren’t the problem. The problem is ME and MY lack of trusting God. I can’t control what people do and don’t say to me, but I can trust the Jesus knows me and my heart. I can still point to the good news of Jesus even if no one likes my posts.
I can also choose to speak the best about others and promote the good risks people take on social media! I’m seeing more of a trend of people’s rudeness on social media – saying things you would never say to their face in a comment or ragging on them in a post without directly using their name. When did we start thinking this is acceptable behavior?
So I am challenging myself for the month of November to make my social media not about me as much as I possibly can. Would you like to join me?
Here are some ideas on how to make you social media not about you:
1. Share something daily to point to how my life is about The One and ONLY God of the Universe, and not about me.
2. Pray for others
3. Promote your friends
4. Read or listen to material to think outside of yourself and share what God shows you
* Radical by David Platt
* In His Steps by Charles Sheldon (fiction, but so good to help you think more about what Jesus
would do over what you would want to do)
* All In by Mark Batterson
* Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
* Anything by Jennie Allen
* Foxes Book of Marytrs
5. Share the gospel
o Where do you put your hope?
o What do you think is the reason for all the problems in the world?
We would love it if you used the hastag #notaboutmenovember so we can see what God is showing you!! That way we can pray for you as you step out in faith and encourage you as you make your social media life more about Jesus and less about you.
Leah works with Master Plan Ministries at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Other than watching college students' lives change, she enjoys getting her mind blown by God and His Word, watching sci fi, baking cupcakes, and spending time with her hunky husband.
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