For the next few Thursdays, I’ll be posting my thoughts on each chapter of @stickyJesus as part of Michelle’s read-along. You’re welcome to join us! The chapters are short, and it wouldn’t be that hard to catch up.
I did warn Michelle that we’ve got our own Read-Along going on (wooo to the woohoo! I’d be THRILLED if you’d join us!) and that would be my first priority.
But I like to juggle.
So @stickyJesus. If the title seems whacked to you, you’re probably not on Twitter. And that’s okay. Basically, Twitter is a social networking site like Facebook but used for different sorts of things. It’s a little shorter, faster, maybe shallower but doesn’t have to be. Tami Heim and Toni Birdsong, the authors of the book, did a great job of sharing how Twitter (and all online interaction) can be used to bring glory to God.
Now that’s what I’m talking about. The subtitle of the book is How to Live Your Faith Online, which happens to be something I’m very passionate about. Which also happens to be a huge part of the writing project I’m working on right now. Cool how God orchestrates this kind of stuff.
The first chapter of the book starts off with a little fiction narrative about The Land of Shiny Things (where we all live). The piece starts when you wake up and ends when you get to the office (which would be your desk at home for many of you).
Chitchat and office banter exist to delay the euphoric cliff dive into the shiny stream of e-mails and other online destinations corralled on the other side of your shiny laptop screen… you are persuaded of your unique presence as you join the other 1.9 billion people on the planet who inhabit the internet daily. You need to know and be known, and there’s little room for God in this shiny equation.” (p. 6)
Gulp. I can so relate to the euphoric cliff dive.
But lest you think this is a book decrying the rampant (over)use of technology, it’s absolutely not.
Relax, Tami and Toni tell us the next page over. There’s no need to renounce your residency in the Land of Shiny Things or mask the evidence of your connected life. There’s no shame. This is the hour to which you’ve been born–so by all means, power up! Just power up the way God wants you to. That means with a God-breathed strategy, Holy Spirit power, and divine discernment. (p. 7)
Whether you ever plan to read the book or not, I’d love to get your thoughts on some of the ideas I’ll be posting here on Thursdays. Be careful what you say though. It just might end up in a book (with your express written permission of course).
So tell me:
1. What kind of boundaries have you set in place (in theory anyway) so that your life is a healthy balance between online and face-to-face interaction?
2. Would you consider yourself an embracer or a balker of technology/social networking? Please explain.
Thanks, friends, and have a great day! I’ll notify the Scripture Spiral winner later today!
p.s. Other people will be linking their Chapter 1 posts over at Michelle’s but as of right now, she doesn’t have hers up yet.