I'm not much of a social media web presence these days. Don't misunderstand me. I still have accounts, which I occasionally update, and I do care about the people that I'm connected with in this way, but I don't allow them to control my time or my emotional energy the way that I once did. I don't like it enough. I made a decision to no longer allow what I consider for myself to be a "generally mindless activity" to control such substantial chunks of my time (FYI: Everyone else's personal choices are their own and I know that many may use social media for great reasons... so this is not directed at you). I would rather invest into others in a more personal manner or do different activities that I enjoy. When we're honest about it, things that should remain more private are becoming public and we are losing personal touch with those that are most significant to us. How many of us are finding out when someone dies, gets a promotion, gets married, gets divorced, is expecting a child, or moving away, all via an impersonal post on social media? For many, gone are the days of phone calls, e-mails, and text messages. Instead, it's "Didn't you see my ****** (insert social media name here) update? If you don't like it or comment in 24 hours, you must hate me and will be unfriended..." Just a stupid thought process altogether. Forgive the rant.
On the flip side, I am connected with many international colleagues, acquaintances, and even some family whom I love and care for dearly that I might not have contact with otherwise, and for these connections on social media, I am grateful... but for the guy that lives 10 miles down the road, let's go grab a coffee together to catch up. I promise it will be more meaningful.
I'll leave you with a question.
If social media didn't exist... how would we be spending our time?
Off the cuff...
Innovating new ideas.... Creating.... Spending quality time with our friends and family....praying... and the list goes on and on.
What do you think?
35 God has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.
2 Corinthians 3:18
"And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit."
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