Unspeakable Joy Devotional

June 8th

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Social Media Conversation. I am slow in posting today, but I have not forgot! I have had a long two days unpacking my daughter, Claire, as she has moved to Colorado to attend Colorado State University in the fall. I am happy to say that we have everything unpacked and put away except for a few lingering items.

I recently read something that caught my eye and thought I would share it. Social media has taken rise in the last several years. It can be bad thing like anything else or it can be a good thing. Our mamas were right: If we can’t say something nice, we shouldn’t say anything at all. When we do speak, we can choose to be gracious rather than accusatory or negative. Our words must glorify God and not just exalt our own opinions. We should be especially mindful that there are people whom we don’t know who might be viewing our online speech. Colossians 4:5-6 “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Some questions to jot down and remind us to ask: Is this comment wise? Will writing this comment help me display God’s love to outsiders? Is this comment full of grace? Is this comment seasoned with salt? Have I asked God if this is the best response?

A stumbling block for us also can be comparison, especially in the age of social media where every Facebook or Twitter page declares that someone else is better than you. They have a bigger house, smarter children, a better job, and everyone loves them. Do not look to your friends, your spouse, your parents, or your kid’s accomplishments. It’s easy to always find something to envy. Instead, define yourself by God’s media pages. He declares that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, created in His image, justified, and redeemed. He knows every hair on your head and has a unique plan for you-only for you. Proverbs 14:30 “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”

Turn your eyes from the comparison of social media and fix them on the truth that God speaks about you. Believe you are who He says you are!

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