6 Questions Before You Hit “Post”

I’m currently on social media more than normal, which often happens as a new book is being released. But I confess that posting is a delicate dance. I find that balance is important and I often take a whole month offline, just to rest. Yes, I want to make a difference in the world and reach as many as possible with the hope of Christ. But I am not willing to live on social media. And each of us must decide what our weblife costs in terms of time, energy and integrity.

Social media is a fabulous tool to stay connected to friends and family, to learn from those we might never have met before, and to share the creative side of life. But social media can also turn into a temptation – when it slowly becomes our alternative reality without any accountability.

Joanna Gaines, who has a huge public platform, warns, “What it [social media] shouldn’t be is a means to measure our worth or compare our lot in life with another’s… Don’t fall for the trap and believe it’s anything more than a snapshot in time, even it it’s highly edited and beautifully presented.”

            A snapshot in time. Not the whole story or the whole picture of our lives, just a glimpse. And yet, those glimpses can be used by God to lift a spirit, prod a memory, teach a life lesson, or comfort a soul. And well we know that it only takes a glimpse to also crush a spirit, fuel a fire, judge a fellow human, and shame a sinner.

Which would you like your posts to accomplish during that quick scroll by someone else’s fingers?

And is it even possible to be authentic on social media without going to either extreme – airbrushed perfection or curated imperfection? I find that answering these six questions help in deciding on what I will throw out there into the world wide web:

  1. What is my motive in posting this?  Am I bragging, sharing something best kept quiet, or provoking controversy?
  2. Is the content rooted in truth and my values? Am I sharing fake news, a false image of my life, or something that could reflect negatively on someone else?
  3. Is this post helpful? Does it celebrate, encourage, offer hope, give positive information, or even share humor (at no one’s expense)?
  4. Could this post be hurtful or harmful? Am I betraying a trust, sharing someone else’s news too soon, revealing family secrets, potentially endangering a child, or disobeying employee social rules?
  5. Will I cringe when this post pops up next month or next year? What would my future self say about what I’m considering making public today?
  6. Does this post give glory to God? Does my social media witness as a Christ-follower draw others to Him and His people?

When we meet Jesus face-to-face I don’t think He is going to ask us how successful we were in the eyes of culture, but did our choices and actions bring Him glory.

We bring God glory when all we do points to Him, and not us. Yes, even social media posts.

under the mercy, Lucinda

©2020 Lucinda Secrest McDowell

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7 Comments

  1. Paula on February 5, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Well said. Thank you for sharing those 6 questions! It’s important that we stop and think before we post.

  2. Colette on February 5, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    Thank you Cindy for your input and worthwhile comments. You keep me grounded in my thinking, feelings and sharing in what i think and in what i feel.
    Lifting up one another , putting a smile in someone day and heart , encouraging others and in doing so as I write My spirit too is lifted ❤️There is so much reward to be positive and encouraging . You reflect on your behavior, your values and the world become more endearing and precious. God did created us
    to Love one another and build each other up. So it has to start with Me in my sharing His Love.
    Have a bless day

  3. Sheree Harrington on February 5, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Hi Cindy,
    Social media for so many has become an idol. Sadly, it has negatively impacted our ability to truly empathize with another. While I feel social media is a gift from God in allowing us to connect with others all over the world, like any other gift we receive from the Lord, it can become corrupted in human hands. The six questions are a very powerful reminder to be cautious of how we use this gift God has given us.
    Be blessed!

  4. Maggie Rowe on February 5, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Excellent tips, Cindy! Soul Strong release is on my calendar for Feb. 17th.

  5. Marilyn Nutter on February 5, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Thank you Lucinda for helpful and wise words to guide words we write which go public and are shared in multiple ways we may be unaware of.

  6. Maureen Miller on February 9, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Thank you. So helpful! ❤️

  7. Nancy Smith on February 13, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    So helpful! i printed this out so I can go over the questions before I post – especially for my blog.

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