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My Spiritual Walk, My Twitter

I resisted the urge to join Twitter until 2011.  It always seemed like a waste of time; something to take attention away from more pressing matters.  As with all situations though, once I learned more about it, I realized that my first assumption was correct, yet I also found out that Twitter can be quite beneficial, if used for noble purposes.  I’ve found it is useful for picking up information (sometimes incorrect) as well as disseminating information.  Sports teams, companies, political figures, and even governments have Twitter accounts now.

Since it has increase accessibility, which is the main point of social media after all, churches and pastors are utilizing it as well.  There are a plethora of ways to use it, but the two I’ll focus on: how Twitter can enhance, or stunt spiritual growth; sometimes simultaneously.  See, it’s a wonderful thing to be able to used technology and social media to spread the word about God, and no, not the deistic “god”, but the one true God.  Jesus’s daddy.  The ability to connect with other like-minded folks only strengthens God’s kingdom.  That is one of the benefits of loving and living for God.

One of the issues with Twitter though, is that as easily as positive information is shared, destructive information is as well.  I mean really, how many timelines (TLs) have soul-filling tweets and soul-wrenching tweets right on top of each other?  This is more so a rhetorical question.  Why?  Because my TL is a case study in it.

I know roughly 1/3 of all who I follow do not post anything relatively beneficial to my spiritual walk.  What it does feed is my flesh though.  Now, you’re probably thinking, “Glip that’s antithetical to your need to connect with God”.  Well, you’re right.  It is.  See, this particular leaf that I decided to turn over a few months ago, has been found to be heavier than I anticipated.  The Holy Spirit has given me the strength to wean myself off of all the folks I was following.  My carnal nature has brought some of them back.  I just say this to be transparent: it’s a daily struggle.  For the most part though, I don’t miss any of the random nothingness I was reading either.  The question then becomes, “why was I following them then”?

Simply put, it was fun and enjoyable.  Not beneficial for my soul admittedly, but fun nonetheless.  “Everything being permissible, but not everything being good” is an apt, paraphrased verse for this.  I don’t knock folks for who they follow, or do not.  But, we have to be wise about what we read and allow into our minds.  Really, what we feed ourselves says as much about what we ingest, as who we are and what comes out of our thoughts.

As I was saying though, I’ve gone about unfollowing some people who brought foolishness to my TL, and replaced them with more soul-nurturing follows.  Some of the newer follows I initiated challenge by knowledge and perception of God.  They make me want to learn more about the facets of Him.  Even before sharing His word, that’s what it’s about right?  Getting to know Him for ourselves and getting more intimate with Him as he reveals Himself to us, right?  If Twitter can help us do this, and it is helping me, then cool.  If not though, then what are we really using it for?

Do you use Twitter?  Am I on point here, or too serious?

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Posted by on 07/27/2012 in 30in30, Uncategorized

 

Hearing God’s Voice: The Introvert’s Struggle

For those who know me, really know me, I am probably one of the least likeliest people to be deemed an introvert.  But, here’s a little secret: I am.  Why I’m like this only God knows.  What I DO know is that it has hindered me a bit at times.  How it has done so I’ll get into shortly.

Generally speaking, introverts are definitely not Type A personalities.  We are more measured in our decisions and movements.  We are analytical to a fault, even overly so.  Even after making a decision, we may still wonder, “did I make the right decision?”  Another character trait found in introverts is the semi-awkwardness at large social gatherings.  It’s a feeling that tells introverts to scan the area, people and surroundings.  Introverts tend to be extra observant.  The fact that an introvert is even in such a place is an oxymoron and a refutation of the awkwardness; yet it can also not be.  Along with myself, there is one key trait about introverts that stand out, aside from the before mentioned few.  That trait is that we (introverts) are thinkers.

Being a thinker in itself is not necessarily a bad thing; however, it can be a hindrance when trying to identify the voice of God when He is speaking to an introvert.  This hold especially true for myself.

I have a tendency to bounce ideas around in my head, a lot.  Sometimes it keeps me from deciding  on the best courses of action; other times I make decisions, but still question them.  Couple this with an increasing desire to follow God’s direction and fighting to maintain obedience to His word, and things can get a bit confusing.  There are times I concentrate so hard on hearing God, or recognizing His voice that I know I have missed Him.  It’s quite ironic really.  The good news, however, is that God will keep on communicating, so long as I’m willing to be obedient and keep on listening.  This has been proven time and again in the Bible, especially in the time of the prophets.

Most of the prophets were ready to hear from the Lord, and when He spoke, they listened, then acted upon what God told them; the most famous exceptions being Moses and Gideon.  I say this because based on the characteristics mentioned when discussing these men, they both were introverts.  Gideon was probably even more of an introvert than Moses because he showed a another major hangup  of introverts: apprehension of progress.  Though God spoke to both men, particularly Moses, they both still didn’t immediately act on what God told them to do.  They got so caught up in what others would think.  They even questioned whether God was talking to them, or if they were hearing voices.  Either way, both thoughts resulted in the same reaction: hesitation.

Luckily for them, as well as other introverts, the Lord can be patient.  He made provisions for Moses by having Aaron assist him.  He dealt with Gideon’s fretfulness by providing proof to him that God was in fact speaking to him.  The key points here again, are that 1) the introverts availed themselves and listened for God, and 2) God moved them in spite of their apprehension.

God will use who he desires, regardless of a person’s perceived shortcomings.  Introverts, whom I count myself among, may feel we have more shortcoming than others, but this is simply not the case.  What we lack in some area, we have an abundance of in others, such as the ability to focus intensely, when needed.  As long as we avail ourselves to God’s calling and listen for His voice, He can use our greatest hangups to spread His word, and that what it’s all about anyway, right?

Talk to me.  Introvert or extrovert; which one are you?  What’s your greatest barrier to hearing God’s call?

 
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Posted by on 07/24/2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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