I spend a significant amount of time on social media, probably much more than I need to. I remember when that was not the case. There was a day when all I used was MySpace. Gosh, I’m not even sure if MySpace is still a thing. Since then, I have moved on to Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Linkedin and Tumblr. Now, my level of engagement and reason for being there varies but I spend at least a little bit of time on each of them daily.
Each of these platforms really serves a different function and vary in regards to the types of content that you will find there but one thing is always the same across them all. People are attempting to connect with each other. Everyone has a voice and they are attempting to express themselves. We all have something to say. However, we do not all put value into our words.
The freedom to express ourselves is such a powerful tool, especially in today’s connected internet society. Yet, many are content to sit in the shallow end of the pool when it comes to social media. We like each other’s comments, share funny memes and spend hours sending out requests to our friends for help with whatever game we are attempting to master. These things are all fine. It engages our minds at some level that leaves us content with our time spent.
But, what did we contribute? What value did our voice have during that time? What conversations did we have that built into anything of importance? I remember back to my first year at Lincoln Christian University. The class was Hermeneutics and the professor was Dr. Bob Monts. This eight-week course unpacked the importance of creating and delivering a sermon that not only flowed correctly but connected with the heart of the congregation. It had to matter. It could not just be words. The communication of the pastor to his congregation needed to be meaningful.
In regards to today’s topic, the preacher is not so different than you and I. We are all attempting to communicate something that we feel is extremely important. The key is to engage in the conversation on a level that makes a difference.
Haddon Robinson states that “preaching takes place in an over-communicated society. Mass media bombard us with a hundred thousand messages a day. Television and radio feature pitchmen delivering a word from the sponsor with all the sincerity of an evangelist.”
How do you get your voice to rise above the noise of the crowd? How do you get your presence on Facebook to make any bit of difference when there are 2.01 billion other people with something else to say?
I think the key is to be consistent and authentic. Stand on your principles and engage with people in regards to the things that are important to you. This is what lead me to where I am with this blog. I feel it is important to engage with families (particularly fathers) in regards to bettering their home lives. So, I use every platform that I can to push that message out.
We have to find a way to make our voices matter. Your words have to mean something.
Life is Strange. Live it Well.