A Balanced Purpose Part One

Social media may be the most dangerous weapon ever!  From across the nation we can hurl insults, negativity, and bully people into rethinking their existence. Social media is LOUD!!!  People use it to spy on loved ones and take inaccurate stories touting them as facts to spread to everyone, the list goes on. However, there is a silver lining. People are able to unite with others, learn about different cultures, and become more empathetic humans. It’s great when we can balance all the benefits it offers especially for business, bloggers, and connecting with close friends. Our posture on social media should be a reflection of who we are in life. We are still being held accountable. God sees everything we do…..even on the internet, He is mindful of us.

Luke 1:6 KJV

Luke 1:7 KJV

Most of us react to what we see and hear. When we read a great story, see a heartfelt video, get good news we feel good, as though God is smiling down on us. But what if we were doing all the right things; being obedient servants but left feeling incomplete?… As though our lives were missing some key ingredient? I picture that is how Zacharias and Elisabeth felt. After all, they were two upstanding members in their community. Ministers. Married.  They served God wholeheartedly, followed His commandments, and were righteous examples to their fellow neighbors. Could you imagine what it would have been like for Zacharias and Elisabeth if social media had existed in their day? As it is now we see families that are struggling to have children, struggling with the children they have, or suffering from the loss one. Social media displays some of our greatest and saddest moments.  For Zacharias and Elisabeth this would have been up close and very personal; the mocking and ridicule they would have endured could be the equivalent to the “what’s trending” feed on social media: Scandal in the Hill Country of Judea.  Everyone would stop talking each time they entered the room, whispers would be heard of “why did God abandon them”?, and finally pity, because so much time had passed that the idea of their raising a family was laughable at best. Regardless,of the appearance of not having God’s favor, Zacharias and Elisabeth acted according to their faith and belief in Him. How awesome! As their story unfolds we find, that like us, they had doubts. Perhaps they had resigned themselves to not having a child because of their advanced age; but they continued to pray just in case. Their actions dictated their hearts desire, God kept Zacharias and Elisabeth hopeful.

May the fruit of the Spirit keep us hopeful and our actions pleasing to God. We can know that God hears our prayers.

~Torrie

 

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ourgivenpurpose

Greetings, my name is Torrie and I am an obedient God fearing woman, wife, and homeschooling mother. Our household is filled with men and it is important that we all continue to grow in the fruit of the spirit. Through this blog I hope to reach others as we journey closer to God and embrace our relational purposes.

4 Comments

  1. Excellent analogy of both good and bad of social media but knowing how our actions show what’s in our heart should guide us to be mindful to be guided by the Holy Spirit so that we glorify Christ. Thanks daughter you just can’t imagine how proud I am of you. Thanks 🙏🏾

  2. Social Media should be used to give people a chance to share themselves with the world. It wasn’t intended to be used to hurl insults at one another because since we’re behind a screen no one will know our true identities. But God knows our true identities and in the light we shall see what other people have done to us. When we’re being judged we won’t have anything good to say because all we did was hurl insults at other people to make ourselves feel better.

    1. Thank you J. I pray we all find meaningful outlets for our anger and frustration rather than taking it out on innocent bystanders. Thank you for reading. ❤️

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