… we harnessed the power of social media for something good?
I don’t know about you, but I certainly spend more time on social media – specifically Facebook – than I care to admit. Scrolling through posts, checking out people’s photos, laughing at and sharing stupid videos, are all things I am guilty of… and before I know it 30 minutes have gone by. It is a sad commentary on my time.
So how can I turn a somewhat useless task into something that has more meaning? I was struck this morning as I was reading today’s First 5 devotional. The title was “Shine Jesus’ Love Today” and the key verse was Romans 13:8 (NIV), “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” Wendy Blight, the author, stated, “Love is the very essence of Jesus, so when we love, we display Jesus to the world. Let our heart’s desire be to pour His love through us, out into our broken and hurting world.”
Wendy challenged us on ways to do just that. That’s when Facebook came to mind. Just think of how many people we interact with daily via social media. We may not specifically communicate with people, but we are at least observing. We see what is going on, or at least what people want us to see, and we have the opportunity to engage. And, we can choose how we want to engage. So what if we choose to engage in a positive, uplifting, point-to-Jesus sort of way? How powerful would that be!
So that’s what I am going to do. I am going to be very intentional about how I spend my time on Facebook and Instagram. Twitter is there too, but I just can’t keep up, lol. It will no longer be a time of curiosity and seeing if someone liked my post or commented. Instead it will be focused on who can I encourage today. Who can I remind about their worth and value. Who needs to be seen and heard. Imagine the power of spending 30 minutes outward-focused on others versus wasting 30 minutes mindlessly scrolling.
Will you join me in shifting your social media focus into harnessing something for good? No doubt you also will be blessed in the process of blessing others. I know my heart is full after spending time this morning reaching out and encouraging others. I am fired up for the rest of my day!
So, what are some ways you can effectively use Facebook, for example, to pour into others? Here are ideas I am/plan to employ:
- Instead of just giving a thumbs up, heart or emoji face… comment. Take the time to acknowledge the post. Everyone loves a compliment.
- Perhaps you come across someone you haven’t touched base with in a long time; send them an instant message. Let them know you were thinking about them and wanted to say hello.
- Send them a text message or email. Sometimes we may not want to share certain things with the general populace, not to mention taking the extra step to write a message outside of social media means a lot to someone. I often send messages to friends letting them know I am praying for them in specific areas. I may have forgotten until I see their face on Facebook, but then I am reminded and get to stop and focus on them for a moment.
- Pick up the phone and call. I am really bad at this, I am, but I know how much it means to people when they can hear your voice. Talking on the phone is so passé these days that it is considered going the extra mile. Go that extra mile, even if it means you have to schedule a time to chat!
- Send a card. I love getting personalized notes in the mail – absolutely love it! If receiving something in the mail means that much to me, perhaps it means that much to others. Taking the time to physically put pen to paper to express appreciation is the epitome of encouragement in my book.
Think about how you would feel if someone took the time to do one of the above for you. If that creates warm fuzzies for you, I can promise it will do the same for the person on the receiving end. So peeps, go and harness your social media presence/time/energy for something good/great/awesome!