My most embarrassing twitter moment was when I sent a public tweet to my husband, thinking it was a private direct message. I wrote: You cleaned the bathroom. You’re sexy.
It turned out to be my most retweeted comment.
In our electronic world, it’s tough to keep our private thoughts from going public. We send an email to the wrong person. We post a negative critique of a book only to get a note back from the author. Not so long ago, facebook had a glitch in their system that caused chat conversations to be viewable by all.
Yikes! Who wants the whole world to see the real you?
I know a kid who doesn’t mind. Zach, a college student from my church, ignored the advice of his friends and added his boss, his pastor, and his parents as facebook friends. “I want the accountability,” he told me. Knowing these people were reading his facebook page made him think twice about what he was saying … which made him think about what he was doing.
This is a not a post about social networking. It’s about living right. If the things you admitted to—whether online or at the dinner table—would get you in trouble with your boss, don’t do those things. If you would sound like a whiner listing what you can’t stand about your mother-in-law, quit allowing yourself to be bothered by her. If you don’t want people to know you were drinking last night, don’t drink.
I’m not suggesting that you create a false image of yourself; I’m encouraging you to be the person you want to project. Sound difficult? It is. But don’t give up before you start. By the grace of God, you really can do it!
May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21)
If you allow Christ to make your heart pure, you won’t need to worry about sending inappropriate email messages or about anyone seeing your facebook chat, because out of the heart the mouth speaks.*
Of course, it’s okay to have a private life too. I mean, I’m not gonna tell you what I wrote when Larry cleaned the whole house…