Happy New Years to you and yours and I hope your holidays were fantastic!
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the concept of followers on social media sites. Communities like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have created an interaction between users and their peers called “Following”. You can choose to follow anyone you like of the most part. To follow someone implies that, to you, these people are someone worth listening to. Whether it be because they are family, a “celebrity” that you want to know what they are doing, or someone that has encouraging or enlightening posts. Inversely you can have people follow you for those same reasons.
What dawned on me was that the words or pictures that you post on social media can be extremely powerful if you have enough followers. I see it all the time. People airing their “dirty laundry” on Facebook, endless Instagram selfies, hashtags out the ying yang (#people #won’t #read #all #your #hashtags #because #it’s #annoying), and they get tons of likes!
It’s like a direct line into people’s thoughts, insecurities, and personalities. So I was challenged by the questions, “What do your posts tell others about you, and are you growing people by your posts?”
Understand that I am a culprit of just being a follower online instead of a catalyst to bring people to a new place in life. Not all my posts are worth your time, which is why I’ve felt I should share this with you.
Jesus said, “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”
What if you had followers because of the way you loved others, instead of how good of selfie you can take.
What if you prayed for those who are posting about hurt in their life.
What if we stopped posting about silly things, and started giving wisdom or encouragement.
Let’s bring light and life to our social media communities, because that’s what Jesus has instructed us to do. Let’s be leaders through our posts, instead of just seeking approval from others. Let’s be worthy of being followed.