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Demanding Notice

So Much Social
So Much Social

We live in a world constantly screaming me, me, me. Forcing our hands in the competitive air, we demand to be seen. We demand to be heard. We demand to be noticed.  We demand.

The air is noisy – filled with the roaring hum of egos that refuse to be silent.  They assert their souls across our boundaries line making us doubt our own sanity and purpose.

A quiet must come.

A stillness must reign.

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Relationship with God is not a Facebook Post or a Twitter Feed

The holy and divine are sacred to me.  In someway, I have always cherished the fact that God loves me and pursues relationship with me.  It is an extravagant mystery for which I am most grateful.  Tonight I ponder connection again and the meaning of social media.  I think about how Jesus came to break the dividing wall – the veil was torn that kept us from direct access to God the Father.  The sacrifice of Jesus made it possible for anyone to come to the table and enjoy fellowship – communion with God.

Photo by Jennifer Upton
Photo by Jennifer Upton

The other day I pondered whose following is most important.  I forgot to talk about what led me to even write that post.  I’ve been using social media for a while but Twitter is most recent for me.  I’ve had an account for a little over a year now.  When I first signed up I only followed less than 70 people.  In mind I wanted to connect with people I knew – it’s my default.  Don’t judge.  I have since learned to think differently about how I use Twitter and other social media venues.  This isn’t a reflection on how to use it.  You can Google that information and find hundreds of varying opinions. Follow Here to Read More

The Real Following

Social media has grown in exponential popularity within recent years.  One has only to log in to any number of sites to find millions of users with thousands of followers – Twitter included.  Click a button, and all of a sudden you have followers.  Click again and you can unfollow to your hearts content.  My Twitter following has grown quickly in the last couple of weeks.  I don’t even want to begin to try and figure out why.

Reflection On Floor-Photo By Jennifer Upton
Reflection On Floor-Photo By Jennifer Upton

The thought struck me tonight though: One thousand plus followers, but how many do I really know?  Do I need to know them?  They matter, but let’s be real here.  I can’t engage with a 1,000 people and keep my sense of sanity, authenticity and autonomy; or can I?  That’s a whole lot of friendship building for which I may feel ill-equipped.  I’m not expecting to “make” friends on Twitter; but it does provide me with an amazing opportunity to learn from diverse people.  It provides a common space where there are not geographical divides.  Continue reading The Real Following