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Everyone has their own opinions on the usage of social media.
You love it, hate it, or lie somewhere in between.
Currently, my involvement on social media is pretty limited. You won’t regularly find the latest thing my kid said, an exercise selfie, or what I’m having for dinner.
There is nothing wrong with sharing those things.
That just isn’t what I think to do in the moment. I am actually trying, though, to share more of my life as I have sensed the Lord prompting me to become more involved, specifically to use social media as an avenue for encouragement.
Some would say my limited time is a good thing as many others have problems with wasting much time on these programs.
What if we could find a middle ground, though?
A place where we use social media to guide others to Christ but at the same time not misuse the time God has given us. My mother-in-law is one of the best people I know about using Facebook for ministry. It can be done.
If all avenues of our life are to direct others to the love of Christ, then should not our efforts on social media do the same?
Let the passage below be a guide for how to use social media to glorify God.
Colossians 3:15-17 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Here are some practical ways to use social media with a Kingdom focus.
• Set an allotted amount of time to dedicate to your avenue(s) of choice. Practice self-control and move on to something else when that time is completed. Again I say, practice some self-control.
• Find two or three people to encourage each time you visit.
• Share articles of encouragement.
• Share ways God is moving or has moved in your life. Praise Him!
• Start or join a Bible study
• Finally, in looking at Colossians 3:15-17, be thankful, counsel, encourage, share Scripture, and last but certainly not least–give thanks.
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About Lacey Hughes
Lacey is a first generation pastor’s wife with a desire to share the joy of the Lord with those around her. She is the wife to Les Hughes III, senior pastor at Providence Baptist Church in Jayess, Mississippi. They have a two year old daughter and a son they welcomed December 2014. Lacey is a stay at home mom who loves building community with the people around her and encouraging women of all ages to seek a deeper relationship with the Lord.