Jesus lived in a very different social climate than we do today, sort of. People were still, well, people. No, Jesus did not have a Twitter account, but He still had to deal with people and their thoughts. Yet, don’t you wonder what Jesus would tweet or retweet if He did? I sometimes do. In fact, I had a revelation or conviction shortly after creating my Facebook account that altered my posts dramatically.
I use to post sarcastic remarks about the trials of motherhood or something else relevant to my life at the time. I was looking for sympathy, or hoping someone might laugh and identify a little with my plight. I was looking for connection, I suppose. Then one day it dawned on me. I was reading through my own feed thinking about how people hundreds of years later might assess our culture and society by what we post on Facebook and other social media platforms.
Bringing it home
Then my thought trail became even more personal. My children were all little when Facebook gained mass popularity, therefore they weren’t viewing my posts or anyone else’s for that matter. But I knew someday they might. I began to wonder what they would think about my posts, things I was saying about them, our family, and my views on life in general.
I realized my Facebook page was a diary of my journey and thoughts. What was I imparting to them through the words I chose to post? What kind of legacy was I leaving behind for my children to glean from? What would grandchildren and their children benefit from with the things I shared and posted?