CARRYING YOURSELF ONLINE
💬 Self-Reflection Time
1. Why is it important to be mindful of what we say and how we say it when we have an online presence?
2. How does the inability to gauge body language affect online communication?
3. How do the text and blue light of digital screens contribute to us forgetting the humanity of the person on the other side of the screen?
4. Can you think of a time when you witnessed someone using hurtful language online? How did it make you feel?
5. What does it mean to approach online conversations with God's heart in mind?
6. How can we ensure that the content we create and post online reflects the gospel and God's love?
7. Why is it important to fill ourselves up with the words of Jesus Christ in order to pour out life-giving content online?
8. Have you ever seen someone compromise their values or beliefs online for the sake of gaining popularity or a larger audience? How did that impact their digital witness?
9. How can we balance the desire for a large audience with maintaining integrity and staying true to our beliefs online?
10. Can you think of any examples where individuals have used their online presence to share God's love effectively? What made their digital witness powerful?
💭 Analogy Time
Imagine you're a baker with your own little bakery. You have a beautiful display of delicious cakes, pastries, and cookies that you create with love and care. Now, let's say that your bakery has a secret ingredient - your attitude and the way you treat your customers. When you greet them with warmth and kindness, they feel welcomed and appreciated. They leave with smiles on their faces and tell their friends about your amazing bakery.
But here's the catch: your bakery has a magical mirror that reflects your true thoughts and feelings about your customers. If you're inwardly grumpy or dismissive, the mirror shows that too. The customers may not see the mirror directly, but they can sense the negative energy. They leave feeling unimportant and confused, and they might not come back.
In this analogy, your online presence is like that magical mirror. The things you post, share, and comment on are reflections of your true thoughts, values, and beliefs. Just like the baker's mirror reveals their attitude, your online presence reveals who you are, what you stand for, and how you treat others.
So, just as the baker fills their heart with love for their customers, filling yourself up with the gospel, God's love, and the teachings of Jesus Christ is essential for your digital presence. It's like adding the secret ingredient that makes your content and interactions online full of life, positivity, and goodness.
Remember, online interactions may lack body language and personal connection, but there are real people on the other side of the screen. Your words and actions have the power to bring life or death, just like the baker's attitude affects the customer's experience.
So, strive to be mindful, kind, and genuine in all your digital interactions as you become a witness and disciple of good vibes and positive influence in the vast digital world.