After taking LifeWay Christian Stores through a vision process, I not only shop there often, I go with a different mindset. Their mission is passionately engaging believers on their journey of faith. The big idea is to be an oasis-outfitter. A place that feels at the same time like a refreshing oasis and an REI outfitter, for your spiritual life.
Because I'm a father to Abby, my 15-year old daughter, I recently picked up a new piece of equipment: a book by Kate Conner titled, Enough: 10 Things we Should be Telling our Teenage Girls.
Here is a takeaway that I think brings immediate value to any Christian using social media. How do you become a great social media Christian?
Conner argues that the answer to problems with social media don't center around removing social media itself. Rather it involves the commitment to:
Take the good, leave the rest.
She cites 1 Thess. 5:21: "Test everything. Hold on to the good." Here is where her words grabbed me:
- Take the enjoyment, leave the addiction
- Take the communication, leave the isolation
- Take the inspiration and leave the jealously
Good stuff. And remember what Aristotle said, "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
1. What story am I telling?
If you look at the ongoing communication of social media what is the dominant theme and meaning of your life. What are you all about? Travel? Parenting? Sports? Work? Criticism? Food?
2. If I went back and read all of my social media statuses, would I recognize me?
Conner emphasizes that our heat-of-the-moment selves are not our best selves.
3. If I want back and read all of my social media statuses would I know I was a Christian?
Great questions to bring clarity to your life. What questions would you add?