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Kindness and Social Media

What a great day in Church yesterday!  In focussing on Social Media, Simon brought two brillant messages on how we interact with and use the internet to engage, embrace and effectively communicate via Facebook, Twitter and Blogs. If you missed either message, check out the podcasts at www.kerith.co.uk

Simon talked about Kindness.We are recipients of so much kindness from God, that it must pour out of us towards others. This effects how we use Social media - what we say and how we say it. Asking ourselves "Is this comment going to take someone "up in their lift"?"

So what about you?
What do you enjoy about Facebook? Who do you follow on Twitter? Were you inspired to start writing a blog; or create some music or a short film and put it on YouTube? Do you have your own personal guidelines for healthy, positive use of Social media in your daily life?
I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

James 3:17-18
Real wisdom, God's wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honour.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Hi Catrina

I think for me, Facebook is a good way of centralising my friends and close social circle into one ringfenced arena. On the other hand, it does promote laziness as I can, at the touch of a button, update and contact people however I wish. It has benefits, but I am also aware of the pitfalls.

In all honesty, I do prefer the vibrance of a face-to-face chat with those whom I know but in this day and age of people being far flung to the corners of the earth, it's a hard thing to do. Skype is great but also has limitations as you have to both be available at the same time, irrespective of time zone differences.

I use Google+ to technically interface with other professional photographers which although not essential, does add a further dynamic to my creativity.

All in all I am mindful of the pro's and con's of using social media and do not let it dominate time which should (and is) otherwise spent with the family.
Catrina Benham said…
Thanks so much for sharing this Linda - really helpful to hear!

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