From the moment I woke up yesterday, I felt rushed and out of sorts. I ran up to CVS and bought Epsom salts and a bunch of tubes of Vagisil for the kids’ chigger bites before I woke them up. (Looking back on it, the manager that checked me out probably thought I had some sort of raging STD…that’s just great…) Kids were itchy and unhappy to each be starting their day off with a bath and I felt like a failure as a parent because I couldn’t get any relief for them…and I guess it was shining through on Facebook…I’m not surprised…I’m rather transparent that way. (If you ever want to make a quick buck, play cards with this girl…I have no poker-face at all!) So, anyway, starting the day off rushed and anxious colored my entire day.
The thing is, people came through for me…some of the most unexpected people. Throughout the day yesterday, I received FB messages, texts, and phone calls offering help, dinner, distractions, ideas, prayer, sympathy, essential oils, medicines, and just checking in on me and the mini-Masseys. It was incredible and it changed how I was feeling even though it didn’t change our circumstances. I can not express how grateful I am for this and just want to shout to all of you that it matters! It matters to me and it matters to others and you changed the course of our day yesterday! Thank you so much!!!!
Say what you will about social media, I am deeply grateful for it. I’m not deluding myself into thinking that it is a substitute for authentic community…not at all…and, well…have you met me? I can not go a day without people present with me! (I could see myself having to be institutionalized for that!) But it can be utilized for good. Yesterday, I was encouraged in beautiful ways, I was prayed for, I began new friendships, and was able to keep in contact with people who are so far away from me that I would probably miss out on relationship with them completely were it not for Facebook.
So, the point? Glad you asked. I’m not trying to sell any of you on social media…although, if you are reading this, you are on it now…just sayin’. I am trying to express that we have a lot of things in our lives that can be used for good or for harm and it is up to us to monitor how we are using them. If you have negative people on FB bringing you down, hide them from your news feed (I’ve done this with a lot of people who post things that are overly-aggressive or rude.) Gravitate to the people who are speaking truth into your life because truth is life-giving and rejuvenating and we can only pour out what we are taking in…so if you are taking in lies, hate, and garbage…well…you get the idea.
So how are you doing with this? Are you letting people speak truth into your life? Are you speaking truth into the lives of others? I only started musing a few months ago and have gotten a tremendous amount of feedback from it (which has really helped when I needed it. It is hard for me to come up with encouraging musings when I am not being encouraged myself.) How can you begin to encourage others through truth (not empty platitudes or pretending life is better than it is…after all, I get the most feedback from people on my musings where I admit that I am flawed, human, and quirky.
My prayer for you all today is that you will be able to encourage someone by speaking truth to them because it matters. Much love friends!