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Who Are You?   1 comment


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One of the interesting aspects of all the social and professional networking sites on the internet is the creation of an online profile.  Each of these websites asks questions in an attempt for you to share information which will introduce you to the world and identify connections with others.  A person has to determine what information she/he chooses to share and how to best describe one’s self.  The major question which is being asked is, “Who are you?”

I find this question a bit daunting.  Most of us begin to answer this question by describing our employment.  We have been trained that one of the key purposes of our existence is to work.  This alone is an interesting topic which is best discussed in another blog post.  Once a person describes the type of employment, then the challenge is to determine where to go next.  Should the next response be to talk about my marital status?  Should the next mention be about my children?  Should I tell about where we grew up?  All part of my life, but does it really answer the question of who I am?

I struggle with this question for another reason.  I struggle with it because at times I wonder if I really know who I am.  Again, I can share endlessly about the factual aspects of my life.  Yet, I know that a life is much more than a list of facts.  I know that a person is much more than his/her career, family, or place of origin.  However, if I am going to go beyond the facts, I have to spend time trying to understand who I really am.

Then there is the issue of how much personal information to share and how comfortable others may be with receiving the information.  There are appropriate boundaries regarding personal information which should be observed.

So maybe this is not so much about trying to fill out the information for a personal profile on a website.  Maybe that is just a catalyst to ask a bigger question of who I am.  What I am truly grappling with today is if I really know who I am.  What would I tell someone if I was asked for more than just the factual aspects of my life?  I think this is a question which will require a much longer process than just one day.  I guess I have created a challenge for myself which will take a bit of time.

What would you share if you were asked, “Who are you?”

 

A Whole New World   Leave a comment


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Today I attended a Social Phonics boot camp.  We spent the day discussing a social media philosophy, Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube.  There were references to other social network and blogging tools and techniques throughout the day.  What it really brought home to me was the impact that social media and the internet really are having on the way that we communicate the message of Jesus Christ.

Many of us have spent portions of our lives trying to share the message of grace, love, promise, and hope with others in our specific locations.  However, the introduction of the internet and the birth of social media now have loosed the bounds of our physical beings.  We no longer are confined to share and discuss the message of the Lord based on our location.  We no longer even have to travel to another location to interact and engage with people.  We now have the ability to minister and communicate God’s love to anyone in any part of the world.

This reality is both very liberating and very scary.  It is challenging and humbling.  The reasons that I feel all of these feelings are contained in this new reality are these:

  • Liberating because I no longer am confined to one location as I try to communicate the Gospel.
  • Scary because I have to make sure that the message that I share is truly the message the Lord has given.
  • Challenging because I no longer have an excuse for not communicating the Gospel, i.e., I cannot just pick up and move to (fill in the blank).
  • Humbling because I am still trying to work out what the Lord’s message means to my life as I am trying to share it in a way that means something to other people’s lives.

I truly find this reality as being very exciting.  I now will spend tomorrow trying to make sense of all that I have learned today and try to put it into motion in how I communicate the Gospel.  It is a whole new world, I’m eager to go see how the Lord will use me to communicate in it.