Some of us may be giving the impression that we are kneeling at the altar of sacrifice, when in reality we are affixing our name tag to the base of our own pedestal. How, you ask? Do we honestly have kingdom motives in mind when we build personal empires of social media, when we encourage others to follow our every tweet as we hope to build a name and a following of influence for “His glory?” Kingdom influence and favour is a gift and a grace of God, not a self-generated internet ego-stroker. Self worth and self esteem come from being loved and from being in the presence of someone who loves us.
As we head into a new year for 2013, may we consider how and why we use social media. Rejoicing, praising and keeping in touch with friends is one thing, blatant bragging and puffing up is another. Let us honestly ask ourselves if we need to raise the bar and set some new standards or boundaries for this new year. John 3:30 reminds us that “He must increase but I must decrease”, which is a difficult road to navigate at the best of times, and especially if our laptops become misguided pedestals for our egos. T. Long