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Apr 17 2010

Heartbook: How Facebook Reflects the Condition of Your Heart & Soul

Facebook: The World's Window to your Soul

   
I recently began doing workshops, talks and presentations on social media. 

One presentation I am refining focuses on the condition of the human heart, and how facebook and other social media sites serve as a mirror of our hearts.  The things we blog, post, and talk about most on our social media sites are reflective of the condition of our soul; the things we value, enjoy, and treasure most.  In other words, our facebook pages show us–and the world–what we worship.

Recently I did a presentation at CrossPointe Church outside of Atlanta focusing on how employers and recruiters are using social media sites to find and screen job candidates.  They understand that insight into a person’s character, values, and identity can be gleaned by what they say online.  Many people don’t realize that content posted on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn is visible to the world, and even aggressive privacy settings won’t keep your actions completely private.  And the Library of Congress is now archiving all Twitter posts…forever.

For example, if “Sarah” finds it worthy to join the “Drunk people taking care of drunker people” group on facebook, it is visible to just as many people as it would be had it been posted at Times Square in New York City (see above).

Good advice?  Don’t post anything online you wouldn’t want to see on the front page of the USA Today, on CNN, pasted on a billboard, or in the lights at Times Square.

Better advice?  Don’t do anything you wouldn’t want to see posted at those media icons.

2nd Corinthians 13:5 says “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!”

Examine yourself.  And your blogs, facebook pages, and tweets.

What do your facebook, blog, and twitter accounts suggest you value and treasure most in life?

Josh Riley
Worship.com

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Josh Riley

Husband, father, teacher, coach, business management consultant, real estate guy, program manager, children's discipleship leader, weatherbug, writer, speaker, workshop presenter, 176 other things and founder of worship.com.