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Today, and many times before, I wanted to write a Facebook update. I decided not to because once you put words out they are very hard to put back inside. Ever try to put toothpaste back in once it’s been squeezed out? It’s not exactly easy. My inner monologue goes something like this.

Me: I should probably just read the Bible and pray. After all, updating God is better than updating Facebook.
Myself: True, but God doesn’t give the little thumbs up or smiley face that makes me feel better.
I: Am I really having this conversation with myself?
Graciously the Holy Spirit often reminds me that there is wisdom in letting our words be few.
“Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.” 1)Ecclesiastes 5:2
Hasty words are generally never good and those are the words that are so easy to shared on our social media profiles.
“Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” 2) Proverbs 29:20
A fool in the biblical sense is someone that does not know God at all. That verse is saying a person that has no context of knowing God has more hope than a person that is hasty in his words. If our words are foolish then the actions, including the replies and discussion that follow, are likely to be foolish as well. There is a reason God put no other gods before me as the first in the Ten Commandments. It is the easiest of the commandment to break because our fallen nature is drawn to worshipping other things instead of God. That includes other people’s validation.
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 There is nothing wrong with wanting to be validated or to share our thoughts but we who profess Jesus need to strive to make sure our words are edifying.

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body 3)Proverbs 16:24.

We just need to exercise discipline in our social media usage. In our digital age it is so easy to just post something without any critical reflection. Let’s be wise. Let’s go to God with what is on our minds first and pray if what we want to share is really worth sharing. We who are Christians have a higher holy of holies to go to than our social media pages.

There is nothing wrong with the motto: “Let your updates be few.”

References   [ + ]

1. Ecclesiastes 5:2
2. Proverbs 29:20
3. Proverbs 16:24

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