Public Vs. Private Social Media

Many times, over the past several years, I have been tempted to close down all my social media. I even did close down my Facebook page once. Then I found out, your profile doesn’t actually go away. You can revive it all with just a simple login. When you do that, everything comes back just like it was when you left it.

And that’s what I did.

I’ve changed a lot over those years, too. I went from being completely LOST and UNDONE, to giving my life to the One who created it. I can remember most of it quite clearly. Sometimes I wish I couldn’t, but that’s the way it happens.

Lately, though, the biggest change I’ve made has been making ALL my posts “PUBLIC.” I didn’t use to be that way. Most everything I posted, I would keep for friends only, and sometimes not even that. I was a very private person. A hermit, some would say, and rightfully so because “I didn’t like people.” And that was ok with me. I didn’t need to.

After turning my life over to God and following Him, lots of things changed. I started seeing life – and the people IN IT – in a whole new light. Sure, there are still people I don’t exactly click with, but that’s okay. Even Peter and Paul split ways at one point, agreeing they couldn’t work together.

Anyways, about the social media posts. I don’t know exactly “when” I started thinking about it, but it occurred to me that if I needed to make a post – ANY post – “private,” then maybe it didn’t need to be on social media at all?

You see it all the time: rants, opinions, offenses, differences of opinion, the spreading of every type of bad news a body can come across. It’s sad really. And at one point, I was RIGHT in the middle of it, ranting up a storm, especially concerning politics.

These days… I’m not at all political. I have lots of opportunities to be. I just choose to be the light Jesus wants me to be instead. If I share something, there’s a purpose. And if I share something, I don’t care who sees it. It’s all out there now. Why not? Anything I have ever tried to hide is now hidden in Christ Jesus. And everything I ever wanted to be, I found in Him.

What do I share on my personal Facebook page? Encouragement, blog posts, photos, and every once in a while, prayer requests in different forms. I currently have an on-going prayer request for a little boy named Stryker, so my praying readers, please lift his Name up to Jesus.

I just wanted to share this little bit of personal info with you. It’s something to think about, isn’t it? We spend so much time reading and sharing on Social media that our own LIVES just pass us right by! Please don’t let that happen!

Get out, wherever you are, and LIVE! Greet people. Smile. Hold a door for someone. Carry a bag. Change a tire. Deliver some food to a sick neighbor or elderly person. Offer to mow a yard or do some laundry. For free. You can be the arms, legs, and mouth of Jesus. Just check out what he said when he was preparing to leave this earth…

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

John 14:12

Wow. Jesus said WE would do even GREATER works than He did. Does that mean we would be better than Jesus? Absolutely not! But it did mean that we might do more because he only preached for three years. When He sent the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost, He empowered us. We are HIS temple, and He can continue to do His work through us.

If we will allow it.

8 Comments

  1. You make an excellent point! If someone stumbles onto my page, I would like them to see a life devoted to Jesus. Great post!

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      Amen, Angela <3 That's exactly what I want! In my opinion, I have no time to be offended, to press issues that have no greater good and certainly nothing that does not impact the "end result" of this life and all its struggle. There are people dying every day, God help us, and some by their own hand. God has given us a light, not so that WE can shine brighter, but so that HE can, praise God <3 Thank you, Sis, for reading and commenting. I appreciate it!

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      Thank you so much, Tammy! I really appreciate that and praise God for His message and His using me, and US, the way that He does <3 We can make a difference! Glory to His Name!

  2. It is so true..we spend so much time on social media.and don’t want my life to pass by like that….keeping Skryker in prayer. Right now being attacked by someone of another faith here where I live so take that to share about the Gospel. but ultimately, He has to do it….Keeping all in prayer, awesome write. God bless. Yes, being a very private person, even me, amazing how God is enabling us to get public!

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      Thank you, dear sister! And I will be praying against these attacks. If God be for us, who can be against us? In Him, you are already victorious, praise God! <3

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