“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” – Proverbs 18:21, NIV
When Kristy started leading youth groups, she often spoke about social media and the importance of being wise when using it. She urged her students to ask the same question before they posted anything—what’s my goal here?
“Think before you tweet,” she encourages. “When you get clear on why you’re posting, you can determine if you should post. For example, if you’re in a fight with a friend, you might be tempted to post something unkind about her. But take a minute to slow down and work through your emotions.”
Kristy recommends adding a second question after you’ve answered the first, “Does this bring honor to God?” That question is a great follow up. If it doesn’t bring Him honor, then why would you post it?
No matter your age, social media can be tricky. Using Kristy’s questions can be a helpful test before you post. It might be tempting to go ahead and post, but once you do, your words can never be taken back again. Sure, you can delete the comment, but once it’s seen, the damage is done.
Lord, help me to use social media responsibly. Help me to refrain from reacting and posting when I’m angry or hurt. I want everything I say—including posts on social media—to honor You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.