Monday, July 21, 2014

We Are What We Post...


Do you realize that what you post on the Internet is a direct reflection to the world around you of who you are and what you stand for in life?

Whether it is pictures, articles, tweets or status updates, people are forming an impression about you by what you post. It’s easy to mess up – we all have at some point! But how do we evaluate what we are posting BEFORE it becomes a mess?

I think what we need is a simple checklist of questions we need to ask ourselves before posting anything on the Internet, whether it be a “selfie”, a status update or anything else for that matter.

Here are some questions we could ask ourselves:
  • Will posting this picture/status/article encourage, inspire or bring hope to others?
  •  If my current or future potential employers see this, will it leave an impression I want to leave with them? (Believe me, they look!)
  • If my future (or current) in-laws see this, will it leave an impression I want to leave with them? 
  • Is this something I would post with my mother, father, child or spouse sitting beside me, watching over my shoulder? What about my pastor?
  • Will what I’m posting be something that my children or future children would be comfortable with? (Keep in mind – once it’s out there, there is no taking it back)
  • Will this photo/article/status hurt someone else or make him or her look bad? 
  • Will this photo/article/status cause someone else to stumble in his or her walk with the Lord?
  • Will I have to apologize to anyone for posting this? Am I angry, bitter or unforgiving as I type it?
  • Is this post going to cause drama or create an argument?

Bottom line, if you are a believer in Christ: You represent Him. Will what you are posting represent Him well?

The Internet is like a new animal that we are all trying to learn how to tame.  We all have ideas of how that should be done. There is so much to learn about the psychological and even spiritual implications of what we put out there for all to see. In the meantime, a little discernment, education and common sense can go a long way.

Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”

Ephesians 4:29 “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”

Friday, July 4, 2014

Let Him Carry That For You

One night a few years back, my youngest daughter was having a hard time with fear. She was watching a TV show that was very family friendly, but the commercials in between were horrific! Lots of horror films were being advertised because it was close to Halloween. I have no idea why the people who sell ads for family friendly shows think it's appropriate to show these commercials, but I digress.

Anyway, once Peyton got a picture in her head, she just couldn't shake it and even though she knew
all the scriptures, knew all the ways to try to not think about it, I think the enemy just used it against her. She's super sensitive to those things for some reason. So that night, she was crying and shaking and asking to sleep with me.

I took her out on the couch, snuggled with her and chatted with her calmly after I prayed for wisdom. I said, "Peyton, if you were carrying some suitcases and they were really, really heavy - to the point of your arms burning and you feeling you couldn't take another step, but then Jesus comes along with His big, strong arms and His loving heart to help you and says 'Peyton, may I carry those for you?' then what would you do?

She thought for a moment and said, "I'd give Him one of the suitcases and keep the other I guess so He wouldn't have to struggle so much." I paused and realized my point had been sort of detoured, but then answered, "OK, but what if He really wanted to carry all of them and let you rest awhile? What if He insisted that He take them all for you?" She said, "Oh, then I'd give them to Him, but I'd walk beside Him so we could talk and He wouldn't be alone."

Oh my gosh her heart was so sweet.

I told her, "Well, Jesus tells us He wants to carry our fears and our problems because it's more than we can handle. He has big, strong arms to do that for us but for some reason we try to hold on to our problems. Do you think you could picture yourself giving your problems to Him?" She said she could and as her tears saturated my shirt, I saw a little smile for the first time. It was precious.

As I tried to drift off to sleep that night, I couldn't help but see my daughter takes after me in a lot of ways. I often try to "help Jesus out" by carrying just some of my problems and burdens. Yet, He says He wants them all. Why don't I just give them all to Him?

How precious that Peyton realized that once she gave the load to Jesus, she wanted to walk with Him and talk to Him. That's just so rich in meaning, though I'm sure she probably didn't realize that at the moment. In her childhood innocence, she realized that her relationship with Jesus is important and she wants to walk with Him as He carries her burdens. How often do I give Him my problems and then run ahead of Him, forgetting to nurture that relationship? How often do I take for granted that He is carrying my load?

The more I talk with my children, the more I realize I have so much to learn. What a blessing to hear the heart of a child. What has a child taught you lately?


Jesus said, "Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear and the burden I give you is light. 

Matthew 11:28-30

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