Social Media is a breeding ground for friendship heartache. We must set healthy boundaries and expectations for people that we meet and communicate with solely on social media. Great friendships can be formed and fostered there, but false and opportunistic friendships abound right alongside.
Scott Sauls addressed the challenges of social media on friendship in his book, Befriend. “Partisans exaggerate the best features of their side and the worst features, real or contrived, or the opposing side. They minimize and overlook the weaknesses of their side, while dismissing the best features of the opposing side. What you end up with is someone being demonized and someone else being baptized by the crowds.”
The only way to guard our hearts against a virtual tear-down is to run to Christ in humility each day, studying His Word and staying His course for our lives. No one has the power to knock us off course unless we give it to them. Submit to God alone, and when we find a negative comment thread, don’t read it. Vow to keep anything but what God says about us, out of our hearts.
Meg encourages others to seek Him first through her life as a stay-at-home mom, career as a freelance writer, teaching Emoti-moms Weekly Bible Study, and leading the kids worship teams at her local church. She resides in a small, Northern lake town with her husband of ten years, two daughters, and their Golden-doodle. Megwrites about everyday life within the love of Christ on her blog, http://sunnyand80.org.
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