I mighta shoulda called this post Twirly Thursday (see Swirly Saturday), because I’ve got a feeling my thoughts might spectrum-hop, to put it mildly (and ambiguously). Hang in if you want. Check out if you don’t.
You may or may not have noticed that my posts usually go up at 12:01 a.m. (my time) and that this one is over 12 hours late. That would be because 1.) Nina’s Golden Birthday was stinkin’ awesome but totally tuckered me out. and 2.) I sat in front of my computer last night FOREVER in all kinds of anguish because I couldn’t crystallize a single one of my 1400 swirly thoughts.
There’s no way I can explain all that’s going on in my head (I wouldn’t do that to you if I could), but I do want to give you the smallest peek. Here goes nothing.
I’m overwhelmed. Six days into 2011, and I’m already in waaaaay over my head. Over-committed, over-stimulated, over-everything. This post is (supposed to be) part of a Read-Along for the book @stickyJesus, a Christian’s guide to sharing your faith online. We’re on Chapter 4, and I missed weeks 2 & 3. Boo. More on Chapter 4 in a minute (or six).
Then there’s the Your Secret Name Read-Along, and while I’m so excited that so many of you are hopeful and energized about how God is going to use this book in your lives, I’m already out of steam (don’t worry, I’m not giving up, I just need to pray for some passion).
Not to mention the stack of books I picked up at the library yesterday and the couponing I’ve decided to try, and my new-found desire to be a better steward of God’s earth (especially as it relates to bringing justice to God’s dear children who are oppressed). Then there’s Mail Month and Pay It Forward 2011 (a Facebook thing–had so much fun with it last night) and reading through my Bible again (this time in the Message).
And praying for the whole world with the girls and each praying for one of our kiddos in the orphanage each night and selling S-C-R-A-B-B-L-E magnets to raise funds for our Cambodia Trip (this potential trip is the thing that’s most lighting my fire these days).
And so on. AND ON AND ON.
Why oh WHY can’t I just calm down and focus on one (okay, a few) very important thing(s)? Don’t answer that. Although, I am currently accepting advice.
So, the title of my post. Chapter 4 of @stickyJesus is all about creating a buzz about something online. Getting people talking. And the best, most awesome thing we can get them talking about is JESUS.
Social networking AMAZES me, so much so that I’m working on a big project about it. Shoot, add another thing to my toppling pile. If I were to recount to you all the PHENOMENAL things God has done through my online relationships, I’d be here forever and a few days. I love, love, LOVE the internet.
On today’s post, Michelle (leading the Read-Along) asked if Jesus would be on Twitter. If he were walking this earth in 2010, would he take advantage of social media to reach as many people as possible with the Good News?
I have my doubts.
But you know what? I also think he came to earth when he did for a reason. A lot of reasons, but I think one of them was to purposely be on earth before the whole technology thing went wild. I’m not sure why, but that’s what I think.
I knooooooow that the whole online thing can get out of hand, but I also believe with everything in me that the internet is a powerful, powerful tool for sharing Jesus in a way that just wasn’t possible even 10 years ago.
And if I had to sum all that up in just one word, it’d be this: tuk-tuk.
And if I had to sum up this post with minimum swirl, I’d say this: I know God has given me many talents and passions for a reason. I know he has given me a fairly sizable online platform for a reason too. But apparently, what I don’t know is how to find balance and moderation. Maybe moderation’s not the right word. I don’t want to live a life of moderation. I want to go all out, to empty myself on behalf of the poor and lost.
I just can’t go at it at breakneck speed and in 500 different directions.
So help me. Let me glean some of your hard-won wisdom. Tell me this:
1. How do you balance all the passions God has given you?
2. How do you keep from being overwhelmed and over-committed to “good” things?
3. How do you make sure that you’re using your online presence for Christ and being as effective as possible?
Thanks, friends! Come back tomorrow for a post that’s half-as-long!