Is social media fueling our pride?
I can’t get this question out of my head. Awareness is one thing, but shameless plugs about our good deeds is another.
What is our motive when sharing things online?
Proverbs 27:2 says:
“Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.”
3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly” (Matthew 6:3-4).
These are the verses that are influencing my thoughts on this subject.
It’s a toughie….
I grew up as a people pleaser who lived in the shadows, always pushing others into the light. I used to think that’s what it meant to be humble.
And then I came to understand true humility–and it had nothing to do with my misconstrued beliefs about self-worth.
My discomfort now has nothing to do with my self-image. It has everything to do with the question of necessity.
Does everyone need to know that I did this? (Whatever “this” may be)
I have given money, support, and time to plenty of things. Normally, though, I ask to not be included in any online shout outs. There are exceptions, of course, but I will opt out whenever possible.
This post is not my legalistic attempt at being perceived as holy either. (That voice is screaming in my ear right now.)
I want us to have a conversation about this topic. I want to navigate these murky waters with you.
And I can’t ask you to engage in a conversation with me if I can’t be honest first.
Drop me a comment with your thoughts.