Category Archives: Being a Vessel

Why it’s Time to Make Friends with Social Media

We all fall into one of two camps concerning social media: Love or Hate. It seems to reflect our age group. Over 35, we scoff at it. Under 35, we treasure it. I had to face facts years ago. I checked out as “loser” when it comes to handwriting letters to friends & mailing physical pictures to family. Now, I’m more connected to family & friends than ever before! Is it possible social media can be a gift? Or is this just another distraction in living a life of simplicity? Um -both are “YES”.
1. Good: Connecting with family/friends from all phases of your life!
Bad : It can turn into a silly & sometimes harmful schoolyard comparison game.
2. Good: The impact of a believer goes everywhere faster than you can say “post”!
Bad: Like any ministry, you can’t weigh your worth by your “likes”. The minute this occurs, your impact is done.
3. Good: Social media can bring color into lives, open minds to new ideas, & foster the sense of being “with” others.
Bad: Like any gift, we can forget the Giver. We can spend more time with VIRTUAL JESUS than with BIBLICAL JESUS.
4. Good: In a world of pain, it can be a welcome balm to our souls. A healthy “pushing pause” on our struggles.
Bad: It can cause us to check out of reality & relationships & move quickly to addiction.
Bottom Line: Many of us “older” believers tend to toss out the baby with the bathwater. We are legalistic in our pride or “not being with the world”. On the other hand, many “younger” friends can become so saturated with the tech world, they truly cannot live without it. Let’s walk in virtual health-staying in the Word, staying accountable to others, and staying in the game of present physical relationships. Let’s thank God for this utterly amazing gift of social media & allow it to draw us near to Him. (I’m guessing nobody just “thinks” of these ideas. The Master of Beauty has given all these inventions to man!) Now, go ahead …search, like, follow, tweet, & post all within the context of leaning into Him. #virtualjesus #biblicaljesus #bible#faith #socialmedia Thank u to my goddaughter, @ktcoyle2015 !! ūüėė

‚ÄĒ with Katie Coyle.

 

Be a Vessel

Happy?

How about a new strategy?

COME TO JESUS.  BE A VESSEL.

 Ask forgiveness. Be wise dealing with temptation.  

Yet, know that Jesus has more than just this!

I Timothy 2:20-21 “Now in a large house, there are not only GOLD and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if any man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for HONOR, sanctified, USEFUL to the Master, prepared for every good work.”

This text  teaches us to cleanse ourselves and pursue God. He alone has power to cultivate these qualities in us! 

We can be gold vessels because we are Christ’s. ¬†We can be vessels of honor because He gives us Himself. We can be useful because He gives us lives of purpose. ¬†

IT’S THE HANDS THAT HOLD THE VESSEL THAT MAKE IT SPECIAL!

So it is with us. 

JESUS ALWAYS GIVES US SURPASSING VALUE.

Tristie Fisher