Does your social media interaction reflect your relationship with God?
If your pastor happened upon your news feed what would he see?
If a non believer looked at your postings would they see God or something else?
Before life as a blogger, these were questions I had never asked myself. I liked and shared things that interested me without thinking about how they would affect others. Suddenly I became an owner of a brand and each time I shared or liked something I asked myself, “Does this reflect what I stand for?”
I found the more I asked myself these questions I noticed a shift in what my profile looked like. The fluff posts disappeared and were replaced with bible verses and christian living and parenting posts.
Yes, I received a few complaints: “Post more of your kids.” “I miss the old Facebook.” “We never know what is going on anymore!”
One of the benefits I found was a peace that was missing before. I no longer cringed going onto my social media sites. Yes, some people didn’t like it, but I found for every one person who didn’t like the change, there where four that did!
Think Before You Share.
Are you sharing something good? Lovely? Encouraging? Are your motives in the right place? Could it wound another friend – even a little? Don’t post it.
Don’t Air Your Dirty Laundry.
Have an issue with someone? Dealing with some issues personally? Don’t post them on Facebook. Facebook is not a clothes line to air your dirty laundry. It’s a place to connect. Sometimes our negativity can affect other people.
Don’t tap out your emotional energy on negative things on Facebook.
Avoid articles that look like they would hurt you emotionally. Don’t follow people whose status’ often stress you out. Even if it’s family!
Keep Your Friend List Short.
Some people have over 100, 200, and 1,000 friends on their profile. That’s a lot of people. Facebook is not a popularity contest! I keep my friends list short – 80. It’s the right number for me to balance everything. If I haven’t had a conversation with the person in a year or two (especially on Facebook) they are off of my friends list. God gives us seasons of friendship and some are meant to be let go!
Protect Your Children!
Theres nothing cuter than seeing pictures of children, but lets be smart about it. Please do not post things with your children’s school names, teams or other lettering that can allow a stranger to locate them. Also please post pictures with modest clothing. I use a free photo editing site to watermark the pictures I post on the web.
I hope these suggestions will help you feel better about your social media interactions. Like all things, it can be a great experience if you set up healthy boundaries.