It’s hump day and day twenty three of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Challenge. Today’s word prompt is NEED.
I wrote a post six years ago called Two Don’ts and a Do When on Social Media. If I could have seen the future, I would surely be clutching my imaginary pearls about the current culture on social media. Folks, we need to do better. And, because we still haven’t gotten the hang of it, I feel the need to re-share some social media dos and don’ts and add a few new ones!
Here ya go and you’re welcome:
Talk about something that happened with a “mystical” unnamed person who, when they read your post, will know you’re talking about them. If you have something to say to an individual, go to that individual. Are we still in fifth grade? Talk to the “mystical being” in person or at least via telephone. I wouldn’t even recommend sending an email. You CANNOT hear a person’s heart and really understand their motives through typed words. By passively putting the incident on blast via social media, you spark the curiosity of others and get them all up in some kool-aid that is not even their flavor!
“If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you.” Matthew 18:15 (The Message)
Post about current events when you are angry or respond to someone else’s wacky post when you are angry. Get up from your computer or turn off your phone when you feel yourself getting reactionary or sarcastic. Do NOT post the first thing that pops into your mind. As adults we should be able to discuss difficult issues peacefully! A lot of people hide behind their computers and post things they would never say face to face. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs. Proverbs 19:11 (NLT)
Stop being bitter and angry and mad at others. Don’t yell at one another or curse each other or ever be rude. Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ. Ephesians 5:31-32 (CEV)
DON’T (this one is for me)
Look at other people’s social media feeds and compare what they post to your real life. An innocent scroll through Facebook or Instagram can leave me wondering how everyone has started a new business, gone on a fabulous trip, has the perfect family and lost fifteen pounds, except me. With just a few swipes, discouragement and jealousy can seep into my heart. My Pastor was right when he said:
“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” (Steven Furtick)
But each one must carefully scrutinize his own work [examining his actions, attitudes, and behavior], and then he can have the personal satisfaction and inner joy of doing something commendable without comparing himself to another. (Galatians 4:6 AMP)
Limit your social media use or take a an overdue and much needed break. There has to be some housework, actual work, or another enjoyable activity you can do instead of scrolling your phone. I bet there are some real people you could spend some time with and talk to—IN PERSON! Who knew?
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)
Use social media for good by connecting with family and friends, encouraging others, and sharing the love of Jesus.
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)
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