People never read what you intend. The hurtful consequences of your words echo long after the Facebook or social network feed has archived. Because of my own battle with temptation, I have three people who keep me accountable on social networking and blogging. Social networking was created, someone said, to make everyone a celebrity.
Without proper boundaries and someone keeping you accountable, it’s easy to grow away from good values and become an egotistical jerk who thinks the whole world is paying attention to every status. More importantly, when conflicts arise you could take it public and divide rather than unite. Beth Moore says it more eloquently:
“While we’re at it, let me save you an immense amount of pain: whatever you do, refrain from using the public platform as a disguised means of calling out someone in your group. We don’t call out his or her name, of course, but we know who we’re really talking to. Such a ploy is playing God and not just arrogance. It is cowardice. If the person really needs confronting, Scripture teaches the proper means.”
Then, she goes on in the next paragraph–a direct reminder not just to teachers, but to those of us who influence:
“My worst infraction replays often in my thoughts and led to the severest season of discipline and humbling of my life. I could tremble thinking about it. Keep check on your motives, stick to the Scriptures, and ask God to give you the supernatural capacity to love those listeners more than you love your own skin.”
– Page 111, Beth Moore, James’ Mercy Triumphs
Dear Lord, I pray for myself and others to remember and pray for the supernatural capacity to love our listeners more than we love our own skin. Too often we can get embroiled in our own agenda or issues and forget the listener and the impact of our words on them and our relationship with them. Lord, help us! In Jesus Name, Amen