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I can honestly say I love social media when it comes to friendships. Being in the ministry, and life in general really, you occasionally get moved to new churches or towns, in some cases even new states or countries. It is so wonderful to be able to stay connected with friends even though you are no longer down the street from them, or see them at church twice a week. I love getting on Facebook and seeing what my sweet sisters are up to or how their precious children are growing.
Through social media I have also been very blessed to 'meet' new people from all over the world. How incredible it is to connect with someone on the other side of the USA and even the other side of the world! I have made new and wonderful friends through social media.
What do they really mean?
Though social media is good for friends to stay in touch, it can also put a strain on the relationship. When someone texts, tweets, Facebooks, etc, it is hard, nearly impossible, to tell the 'tone of voice' being used. You can say something in a joking way, but it is offensive to the other person. I have read many status updates on Facebook and wondered if they were talking about me. I go over in my head everything that was said and done and if I did something wrong. Maybe they were not talking about me or maybe they were just joking. It is so hard to tell when you are not actually speaking with the person face to face.
Choose your words wisely when posting.
When we post something online, it is out there for everyone. If your Facebook page was put on the screen at church this Sunday, would you be embarrassed? Ashamed? Run and hide? If you are not comfortable with your entire church and the pastors seeing every status update, comment and photo, then maybe you should not be posting it.
Make time for face to face.