Let’s Talk

Am I alone in my complete exasperation with social media? It has become a battleground full of anger, hatred, and vulgarity, and a convenient hiding place for bullies who spew nothing but hate. This certainly hasn’t happened overnight, and there is plenty of blame to be spread around when we see how far we had slithered into the gutter. But instead of pointing fingers and shaming the “other side”, perhaps it’s time to look in the mirror.

After taking a social media hiatus during Lent, I discovered I didn’t miss it as much as I expected I would. Still, it was tempting to jump back into the fray after Easter. Nothing had changed — except for me, and my willingness to join in the chatter.

Even though I have friends and family members who have decided to leave social media, I have decided to stay. Our world needs people who are not afraid to shine light in a darkening world, and share goodness in the face of evil. We need people who will speak words of kindness and compassion, and share images that uplift rather than degrade our fellow man.

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.” ~ ‭James‬ ‭3:9-10‬

It’s really not that hard.

It begins with a simple decision to not share gossip or something you suspect is untrue. Keep conversations civil. Scroll past posts that tempt you to vent. There are so many wonderful pages and groups to follow — full of inspiring stories, photos, memes and even songs. Seek them out and begin sharing only things that will bless others!

Give it a try this week and discover how you can begin to change the conversation, one post or Tweet at a time. 😊

 

Restoring Joy

I don’t have a whole lot to share today.

Aside from being sick most of this week, I have been feeling overwhelmed and anxious with all the turmoil in our world. I am deeply saddened by all the anger and hatred. We have lost our ability — and our desire — to listen to one another.

What I want most to share today is this: Despite all the evil in this world, I am trusting that God is still in control.

I know it sure doesn’t always feel that way, and many (myself included) struggle to understand why evil often prevails over good. But fear and anxiety can quickly overtake us and leave us feeling hopeless and alone. This is what happens when we look to the world to comfort and console us. Only one Comforter is able to fully restore our peace and bring joy back into our lives.

Take some time away from the news this week. Instead, look for ways to share joy with others, just as Jesus taught us to do. I think you will find that a simple act of selfless love is just what this world needs. ❤