Social media can be seen as an incredible opportunity to connect with others and impact their lives. How we use this opportunity is massively important, and so is the way we let it affect us. About two-thirds of young people say that social media has a negative influence on the way they feel about themselves, so we need to be on our guard. While Jesus may not have had a social media account, he did say a lot about how we should speak to other people, and this is as true when we're using social media as when we're in face-to-face conversation.
When we look at our timelines, with other people's filtered and staged photos, it can be easy to compare ourselves to them and feel rubbish about ourselves (see comparison). So how could you make the experience better for other people? What would it look like for you to only post images that made people want to do good in the world rather than feel bad about themselves? Could you only write status updates and messages that brought life to those who read them? Or perhaps choose, each week, to raise awareness of something that matters to you and God? You have been given a tool - use it well.
Key Bible Verses
Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.
Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted. Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.
So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.