It is said, anything we do online, on social media leaves a footprint. I wonder if we realize each and every day, we do this, we leave a footprint.
This thought ran through my mind as I saw a post on Facebook last week.
I don’t get on facebook these days, not unless someone close to me lets me know they have shared something they want me to see on there. Then I jump on for a moment to view what they have shared, and I am off again.
My most recent visit to facebook was much like I have seen for months. Keep in mind, all those who post on my facebook page are Christians. Still, the first thing I saw said, “I am so angry!” And it went on from there.
This post had a ton of responses and they were all angry faces. This footprint had many other footsteps following…in anger.
Do we have a right to be angry about things going on? Of course, we do. But is that the footprint we want others to follow?
The Bible says, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
I remember when Facebook was first introduced. It was filled with family photos. Pictures of vacations. Fun stuff. Family stuff. These days it is filled with anger, and horrific comments. It seems to me most people want to start, or stir up, an argument. Yes, even Christians.
As Jesus would say, “My friends, this should not be so.”
James 3:10 says, “Out of the same mouth we pour out words of praise one minute and curses the next. My brothers and sister, this should never be!”
Now, I know not everyone’s social media is like this – but the majority are.
Friends, we are leaving a footprint. Every single day.
Someone is following us. Someone is looking at every word we write. And they are following our footsteps.
Are our footprints bringing glory to God? Is there anything pure, lovely and of a good report in them? Are they praise worthy? Is it what you would write if Jesus was looking over your shoulder? Because, He is, you know.
I wonder what social media would look like if everyone reading this would take one day and only share; whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy.
Now, that’s a thought, isn’t it!
There is only ONE footprint we should be following.
1 Corinthians 11:1 says, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” One translation says, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.”
And only ONE footprint we should be leaving. May we lead others in peace and love, only as we follow closely with Jesus Christ.
Meditate on this:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” John 14:6