Would the snippets (or "twitters") show a self-serving lifestyle [10:31 AM Standing in line at Sundollars Coffee buying a grande double mocha latte with extra cream because I am super stressed!] or a God-serving lifestyle [10:31 AM Buying a grande double mocha latte with extra cream to take to my neighbor, who's under the weather]? Tammy closed her blog this week with "only what we do for God will last." My dear step-grandma had a wooden plaque hanging on her bedroom wall with that same thought:
Now, granted, there are certain tasks to which we must commit our time that aren't exactly what we'd view as "kingdom building." Laundry, driving, and shopping come to mind. But the attitude we convey while performing these mundane tasks can certainly honor God...or not. I can grumble about having to root through everyone's dirty clothes or I can thank God for the gift of my family; I can honk impatiently at other drivers or I can wave and smile; I can complain about the rising price of canned tuna to the person in the grocery line behind me or I can ask her about her grandchildren... There are always choices.
Only one life, 'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I'll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.
Personally, I think the Internet is a great tool. I love that I can shoot an email and communicate instantly with someone on the other side of the world. It's simplified my life to do a few clicks and pull up information on cattle branding to help with my current work-in-progress. I can book airline tickets and get directions and share a newsletter with readers. But truthfully, I don't expect to be Twittering soon. I'm too hung up on question number 2 above. Wouldn't it be better to indulge in face-to-face conversation with my hubby or children rather than shooting "here's what I'm doing now" messages to a host of on-line acquaintances? And my time is so limited. I'd rather spend my writing time on the stories that ring through my heart. That's my ministry, and I pray those words bring glory to God.
Lest you think otherwise, I'm not saying there's anything fundamentally wrong with Twitter. If it sounds fun to you, go ahead and "twit"! I just think this new-fangled means of communicating tiny bits of info isn't necessarily for me. We grammas have a hard time keepin' up with the times, y'know. ;o)
I'll close with a verse from my morning's reading. This is a "snippet of info" that speaks to me... From Psalm 90, verse 17: "May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.."
May God bless you muchly as you journey with Him! ~Kim