We all hear about how social media can be harmful to us. It can waste our time (can’t everything?). It can harm relationships (but relationships can be hard, right?). It can tear families apart (but people do that without the use of social media, right?). It can make us feel inadequate (but a lot of us feel inadequate without social media). It can make us feel that we would be better if we were skinnier, healthier, faster, wealthier, craftier. Or, it can make us feel that we have it together better than so-and-so from our high school days. All of these things happened long before social media existed. All of these things are just easier to see because of the social media avenues. But is social media a friend or foe?
Not all social media is bad though. Nor is it all a terrible waste of time. Thousands of people do wonderful things every day because of and with social media. Social media is a part of our every day life! Everyone from young kids to the elderly can easily connect with the world around them within seconds! People use social media for everything – news, dating, sharing life events, educational pursuits, and most anything you desire to find! It’s all out there, or it will be very soon.
Social media and the connections I have made have made such a huge positive impact on my life. I have connected with people from my childhood. I have connected with family that I didn’t even know I had. I have connected with a world of health and fitness professionals that I would never have heard of. I have made connections with people that I lost contact with, because of life events. I have become a more outgoing person. I have made friends from all around the world. I have learned of news events that I might not have heard of for days. I have learned how to take care of myself better, all with the aid of social media!
This past weekend I watched how social media can help a family get through a tragedy a bit easier. I learned how a tragic situation can affect more than just the people that are immediately involved. I learned how much love can be shown to one family, even if we have never met face to face. I learned that love and care and concern can break through barriers that might otherwise stand in the way. I learned that, when we put politics, religions, and physical boundaries aside we are truly a people that wants to help others. I learned that even though we all struggle with something, when it comes to a helping a friend get through something tough, most everyone is eager to help in whatever possible way we can.
I was reminded once again that 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 is very true, even for people that aren’t religious.
4. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8. Love never fails.
Even in the world of social media we can find love!!!