SOCIAL MEDIA. Those two little words are a source of constant debate. There are 10 million people with 10 million different opinions about the subject. Is it good? Is it evil? Is it just cause for publication of peoples problems and recipes?
Social media, as with many other things in life, is 98% what you make it. I don’t remember exactly where I heard it, but several years ago I heard somewhere that social media can be used as a tool. My initial reaction was to disagree, but the more I thought about it the more I realized the truth behind it. It can be used as encouragement to someone who may be having a down day. It can be used as an avenue to share prayer requests and praises. It can even be used as a way to show Jesus to those that are lost in sin all around us. Social media can be used as a great evil, I get that; but it can also be used for good. I’m going to share three quick ways you can use your social media for a positive purpose.
The first way is by using your social media to point others to Christ. Do you have any followers or friends that aren’t serving Jesus? If you answered yes, then you have a HUGE opportunity in front of you. By simply posting about something God is doing in your life, or an answer to prayer, or even by posting an encouraging Scripture verse you’ve been reading lately, you can point others to Christ.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
This scripture presents a much better challenge than I ever could. We as Christians have a great responsibility to point others to Christ. Why not use social media as an avenue just for that?
The second way is being positive instead of negative. Negativity is rampant these days and if you take the time to post a positive post about something in your life then people will probably be pretty shocked. One of my favorite quotes is: “Every day isn’t good, but there is something good in every day.”
Life isn’t always positive, I get it; but here’s my challenge to you. If you are going to post on those not-so-good days, do your best to bring out the positive as well. Not with the intent of making your life look like a perfect little dream, but in a way that encourages others to look for positive things in every situation.
The third way you can use your social media is by just being YOU. One of the biggest things that has come along with the uprising of social media is a little something I like to call the comparison game. We’ve all done it. We are scrolling through social media feeling perfectly comfortable with ourselves, then we see the post. The post by that girl who has perfect hair, that perfect smile, the most perfect captions, that (insert whatever it is that I know you are thinking right now). Then we begin to scroll through our own profiles feeling more and more insecure as we go and before we know it we have spiraled into a place of deep insecurity. We are tempted to fake it until we make it, so that maybe, just maybe, we can be as popular or perfect as that other person (who, by the way, probably feels the same way about someone else). Then you tell yourself that you could be like that person.
You know what? You’re absolutely right! You can’t be like that person or any other person, because God didn’t intend you to be that person. He intended you to be you.
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; that my soul knoweth right well” (Psalm 139:14).
The same God that hung the moon and stars and formed the mountains thought the world needed one of you. That alone should be reason enough for us to strive to be ourselves on social media. You are the only person that can be you, so strive to do it well.
My true prayer and purpose for this article was to encourage all of us to think about the great tool that social media can be. I will be the first one to admit that the world uses social media for a lot of evil, but what they use for evil, we can use for good. Start today, be a change maker, and see what good your social media can do.