On social media, it’s better to be cautious than to be foolish.
Have you ever found yourself drawn into a video game, movie, or TV show where you’re rooting for something or someone that you wouldn’t in real life? Maybe you’re rooting for the villain to prevail or the bad guy to get the girl. There’s just something about technology that has a way of making us think or feel things that we wouldn’t think or feel in real life. And the same can be said for social media! When we’re communicating with someone behind a screen they start to feel less real. And when they feel less real, so do the consequences of what we do and say behind the screen. That’s where trouble begins. Rather than let ourselves get in trouble, we can choose to apply the right filter to what you do and say on social media. King Solomon—known as the wisest man to ever have lived—points us towards the filter we can use for our choices in the book of Proverbs. And when we approach what we do and say through his filter, we’ll find ourselves avoiding choices that lead to trouble and regret.
On social media, it’s better to build people up than to tear them down.
One of the best things about social media is that it gives us an instant way to communicate. Think about it! When something major happens in the world, not only can you find out about it right away, but you can also start talk about it as soon as you do! Thanks to social media, you can say anything to anyone at anytime you want. While that is pretty cool, sometimes communicating through social media can cause us to forget that there are actual people on the other side of our screens. And when we forget those other people, we also forget the impact what we say can have on them. We forget to filter our words. This week, we’ll look back at what Paul has to say to his friends in the book of Ephesians. He gives them advice on how to filter their words wisely that, when we apply it to our own lives, will give the things we say the power to build rather than break.
On social media, it’s better to get your worth from God than from your likes.
We all use social media, right? Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter—they’re all a part of our everyday lives. Who doesn’t love posting a great picture, sharing a funny link, or starting a conversation with a friend online? While there are de nitely some awesome things about social media, we can all probably agree that there’s a downside to it as well. When we don’t get as many likes, comments, or shares as we hoped for, we start to wonder if something might be wrong not just with what we posted but maybe even with us. And before we know it, social media goes from being a cool way to communicate to the lter through which we view our self-worth. The good news for us is that while social media might be a more modern concept, the struggle with how we view ourselves is de nitely not! In fact, the Apostle Paul wrote to some of his friends who struggled with the exact same thing. And as we take a look at what he said to them, we’ll see that the best lter we can use to view ourselves is the lter God gives us.
We will be headed to Jump on the 26th.
We're asking students to bring $10 and we'll cover the rest.
We will meeting at Earlysville at 6, like normal, and then drive there together. We'll be back at Earlysville around 7:30.
If you need to reach me (David Kirk), my cell is 870-919-3688.