I am convinced that the value of social media is much more informational than relational. This has been true of all forms of communication from the beginning of time.
Now let me take my tongue out of my cheek and express my point.
I am so glad God didn’t text, e-mail, twitter or blog His message of love to me. If He had come to earth in this day and age, He might have used social media to announce His coming or keep record of His being here, but only the incarnation, the appearance of God in the flesh could consummate the relationship He desired with us.
Social Media’s greatest contribution is the entree it creates for real relationships. And as with Christ’s example, relationships are only consummated when flesh touches flesh. I have thousands of social media “friends” but real relationship happened when we looked each other in the eye, shook hands, embraced, and broke bread together. Before that we were acquaintances separated by a thin digital line. When we met, real people became real friends. Real relationship was born.
I am so grateful for those of you I have only met through this medium. There is a bond between us that we would never have existed except for the internet. In a post entitled "Disciplines of the Heart," Michael Hyatt said this, “In a world of social media and faux connections, we must be intentional about building authentic relationships and real community.” Although I know this can’t happen with everyone, I look forward to the day you and I might meet, move beyond the thin digital line and take a step toward real relationship.
Bill Gothard, isolated four “Levels of Friendship”:
2. casual friend
3. close friend and
4. intimate friend
Here is my question: Do our “cyber-friends,” the social network “friends” we have never met, fit in any of these categories? Are they part of another category all together? Are they really friends?
by Ken Davis
Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying, "Many men die at 25 and aren't buried until they are 75." This book is intended to wake up these people.
Fully Alive uncovers forgotten signs of life in a culture seemingly filled with the opposite. Through action steps that led to his physical, mental, social, and spiritual health, Ken Davis recounts his journey back to the land of the living and the signs of life he found along the way.
The anchoring focus is based on the apostle Paul's quest for life, when he said, "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection." A power greater than death is available for what we face today? Who doesn't want a piece of that?
Filled with narrative stories, humor, and practical help, this book is for anyone who wants to live fully and wonders just what that might look like in daily life.
Many people are lurching in the twilight, hoping to sing once again…living lives of quiet desperation, searching in vain for signs of life.
St. Irenaeus said, "The Glory of God is man fully alive." For those who have been sidelined in life, for those tempted to give up, this book screams…Live!