Socially Awkward

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We need to be engaged when we are online, not just mindlessly clicking and sharing. We need to stop, read and pray when posts warrant it.

Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:19-20 ESV)

I was chatting online with a friend the other day when she mentioned how she was willfully trying not to ‘like’ everything that appeared on her social media feeds anymore. She went on to explain how she realized one day that she had mindlessly clicked on a thumbs up icon and liked a status that was heartbreakingly sad.

“What was I thinking? You know what? I wasn’t thinking at all!” she lamented. “In fact – will you please write about that?”

Funny how I had just been mulling over the same thing recently when I was running late and saw a prayer request but didn’t have time to type a comment. I went to ‘like’ it and then caught myself. Would my friend think that I was happy that she was sicker than a dog? So I took a moment to pray for her right there and then, deciding to respond later. I remember thinking at the time that I wished there was a ‘prayer’ button or anything else than just a ‘like’.

Social media can be such a powerful tool when used properly. Prayer requests can be shared internationally and in real-time, virtually gathering God’s people into agreement. But we need to be engaged when we are online, not just mindlessly clicking and sharing. We need to stop, read and pray when posts warrant it.

Father, forgive us for being so unintentional in our daily life, missing opportunities to approach Your throne. Help us to truly love and not just ‘like’ those that we interact with each day, sharing their burdens as we take them to the cross. Amen!

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