If you’ve got something to market or promote, professionals will advise you to use social media. With time and practice, you can get a message out to hundreds or thousands of people. You can touch lives instantly with a few practiced strokes on a keyboard and a click of a mouse.
Don’t get me wrong, it is a lot of work. You might spend hours re-vamping your website or preparing encouraging posts and find only a dozen people notice. You wonder why you even bother.
Yesterday, in church, our Bible Study group discussed Facebook. They were generally negative about the site. It wasted time and was often full of ugly things. In their opinion, social media was another example of the decline of our society. I kept quiet, not wanting to admit the hours I’ve dumped into the system.
In my silence, God stirred.
God wastes nothing. He will make all things work together for the good of those that love Him. That light, burning in our souls, is meant to be shared. We need to let it shine.
I considered the mothers I’ve touched when I post about getting through a hard day of parenting. I remember the conversations I’ve started with strangers because I tweeted a Bible verse. Sometimes I reach a few, sometimes I touch many, but, most of all, through me, God has brightened that social media world with His love and promises.
In the end, anything that we give over to our amazing Father will be charged with His power, His purpose, and His plans. The numbers of followers, subscribers, and readers will never be as important as the message to hurting hearts and searching souls.
As I type out this post I want to gently challenge each of you. Be that light. If your life situation is pushing you towards using social media in your writing or speaking ministry, have faith that the light within you is powerful enough to reach God’s children. If you have been using social media for years and are discouraged by your numbers, don’t let it alter what God has asked you to share.