Why do you share what you share on social media? Think about it.
- Do you want to prove your point?
- Do you want to inform people? Of what?
- Do you want to associate with someone, and sharing gives you the appearance of a relationship?
- Do you want attention?
- Do you want a good deal, even if it’s too good to be true?
- Do you want to increase your following?
- Do you want to push buttons, surprise or shock people?
- Do you want to passive-aggressively hurt or offend someone?
- Do you want to brag?
- Do you want to encourage people?
- Do you want to welcome accountability?
Are your intentions on social media different than sharing in person?
It’s important to know your motivation for sharing. It’s your heart issue, and you need to keep your intentions in check.
Sharing is an invitation.
You get to invite people into…whatever you choose. When you click the share button, you give a bit of yourself. You give a snapshot of who you are…or who you want others to believe you are, which still gives a glimpse of who you really are. If you deceive others, you deceive yourself. You can never be unaffected by the persona you project to others. It is still you. You click the share button. Your intentions affect you.
It seems like a lot of pressure, but really, you can accept it as an opportunity to take a deep breath. Inhale and consider your motivation. Filter it through God’s will. Is it share-worthy? If it is, it should also be God-worthy. Does it honor Him? If the answer is “yes,” then exhale. Share. Click the button. Love God. Love others.
It sounds simple. But really, it is. We can get tied up in our intentions, or keep them pure.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5)