Recently, with so much social change, social media became full of opinions and spouting that could be overwhelming at time. I have always tried to be open minded and respect the differing opinions of others. But in recent weeks, I found myself contemplating removing myself from social media. I was amazed at the amount of rhetoric, ignorance and hate being spewed and showing up on my news feed.I would find myself getting angry and frustrated at the cowardly post. It amazes how people will treat others online that they would never have the audacity to do in person.That said the power of words cannot be underestimated and we must be responsible for what we say and to who we say it.
Social media is a great place to connect and share ideas. However if we are not careful it becomes a substitute for real connection and takes the place of any real action or substance, Hitting a like button, or taking a stance on your page, may make you feel like you have acted, but in reality, it makes little impact.
After several frustrating weeks of having my newsfeed hijacked by the who wished to confront me without the courtesy of confronting me, I decided to take action. I had an Aha moment. It is my news feed, and I can control what I allow into my mind and so I decided to take control of the social media feed and cull out those messages that were not beneficial or edifying. I muted those cowardly, ignorant and hateful voices that had been constantly filling my news feed and I stopped feeding them.
Now my feed is a source of uplifting messages and true outreach of friends. I can now continue to enjoy social media with an awareness that my words and messages count and carry weight as well.
Philippians 4:8The Message (MSG)
8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.