Spiritual Coaching Vol 3 #5 Social Media…

Use the power for Good

Use the power for Good

Spiritual Coaching Vol 3 #5    Social Media…

There have been many advances in the past few years in communication and sharing – from iTunes to Facebook we have seen an explosion of information. I’m never sure how to get information to people at times. Should I call, text, email, Tweet, Facebook, send a letter (what’s that?), use Google+, or maybe send smoke signals? Our communication can be used for good to communicate and keep in touch with family and friends, it can be used to play a game, and report successes but it has a dark side.

One blogger wrote, “Not only are our conversations increasingly in the form of typed fragments, but we are also spending more and more time logged into social media sites.   In the past, would those hours have been spent in solitude?  Or perhaps people would have used that extra time to call their old friends instead of passively looking through their new picture album on Facebook.  Maybe they would use that time to meet up with their close buddies at a coffee shop or a park to throw a ball around.  Though it’s hard to say how we would actually be spending our time without social media, it’s clear that it has taken the place of a variety of activities.” Many of those activities are negative and even have become a platform for bullies.

I heard a story from Iowa City, Iowa (my home state as a child) that bears repeating. It’s about the “West High Bros,” the name of a Twitter account run by West High School students in Iowa City. The students send positive messages to other students and highlight their classmates’ accomplishments. The Iowa City reported, “When rogue Twitter accounts started criticizing students and calling them names in Eastern Iowa last year, some Iowa City teenagers decided to take Internet anonymity in a different direction. Since it started last October, West High Bros — a Web presence operated by West High students — has earned almost 700 Twitter followers and even more Facebook friends. The idea came after a bullying Twitter account at Linn-Mar High School spurred copycats in Iowa City. “That’s the opposite of what we’re doing,” said junior Jon Ealy, one of the students who runs the social media account. “A few started up, but this is the only one that’s lasted.” The strategy is simple: Identify a student, find them on Twitter or Facebook, and say something nice.

Encouraging, positive, constructive, helpful, praiseworthy this sounds like what St. Paul wrote in Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Use the power for good my friends – use the power for good and change the world.

Be Well…

 

 

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About Denny Meyer

I've been a pastor, spiritual director, and spiritual coach and worked with thousands of people over the years. You can find the life the Creator intended for you. Contact me if you want to find out more.
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