Can I just be honest here for a second? I’ve done something new this week – something many people my age began doing years ago (I’m a late bloomer) – and it’s had me, well, in a terrible twit.
To understand the grandeur of this move, you need to know that “new” (that is, change of any kind) and I have a hard time warming up to each other. “New” has the inside scoop, and I’m left in the dark trying to figure things out. I need an outline of the process, step by step, complete with the “why” behind it all, and “new” wants to play a game of hide and seek!
There’s no need in delaying the inevitable, so I might as well just say it.
Lord, please help me…I joined Twitter.
Did you know there are 320 million active monthly Twitter users? I had no idea. I discovered it on the Twitter About page along with some other interesting stats. Twitter also shares their mission statement:
To give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.
That is an awesome mission statement! In other words, it’s an all-inclusive roundtable mixer for creatives, right?
It’s encouraging to know I won’t be battling any barriers from their end (that wouldn’t really make sense). Now if I could just ditch the ones I bring to the Twitter party.
I’ve read some great articles like The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter and 12 Reasons to Start Tweeting by Michael Hyatt, and Amber Christensen at Watch this Mom shared with me Twitter for Beginners from Mom Resource. All effectively gave a bird’s eye overview, inspiring bravery to send my first tweet (which was probably more like a pip since I used the preset “my first tweet” tweet…humble beginnings are beginnings all the same).
And Twitter is so gracious. Just yesterday I received an email with the subject, “Hey Rebecca Rayfield, do you know how to Tweet?” See, they know I have no idea what I’m doing, and one of the 3900 compassionate employees sent me an email letting me know how easy it is to start (I’m confident it wasn’t automated).
Who knows? Maybe I’ll be chirping my way around the Twittersphere in no time.
Yet, I’m still stumbling on the “why”.
The Follow Flutter
As directed by the encouraging articles I read, I began to follow a few people. Next, Twitter gave me (MANY) suggestions of people to follow. One could easily get lost for hours in this ego-boosting “who’s following who” game.
Before I knew it, I started receiving followers. Me? You want to follow me?
In the spirit of generosity, I thought about sending a quick message to these people saying, “Are you sure you want to do that? I really don’t know what I’m doing here, so you might want to save this follow for someone else. I don’t even know how to retweet yet, and these hashtags have me confused.”
But I remembered those articles said nothing about doing that, so I refrained for fear of being outed as a Twitter poser. Yet seeing as I still have no idea how the inner workings of Twitter works, can anyone even hear my chirps?
Again, I find myself tripping over the “why”.
You Can Teach an Old(er) Bird New Tricks
While deciphering through the #’s and @’s fluttering around in my Twitter feed, I begin to see purpose, a featherweight glimpse of the elusive “why”:
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” (Philippians 2:3-4 NLT).
Does God like Twitter? Can He use it to further His kingdom and glory? Would He use it to reveal a new courage in me? Yes. Yes, I do believe so.
As I peck my way through the surface of 320 million users, I see a huge community of believers raising a joyful chirpy noise to the Lord. I see Christ followers promoting the good works and talents of others above their own.
I realize that some very smart people offer comprehensive instructions on how to best use Twitter for promotion and personal success. And maybe one day I’ll avail myself to said teachings. But for now, I’ll ease into understanding the “why” and focus on bringing value into as many people’s Twitter feeds as possible while growing in my faith thanks to the gaggle of gifted Christ followers tweeting the Good News.
I don’t need a little birdie to tell me how to live my life for Christ. I have the Bible for that. But even scardy cats like me can see the benefit Twitter brings to a hurting and lost world. Therefore, “…I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13 NLT). And that includes learning to tweet.
How do you use Twitter to bring Truth and Life to the world? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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