There are things that I love about social media. Currently I’m learning a ton about all of the crazy snakes in Tennessee from a new identification Facebook page I joined. I love catching up with old and new friends. I love how Jesus is proclaimed (except for the times I cringe a little, I must admit!). I love seeing what God is doing in our church community. I love the links to sports stories that are so easily found. My wife doesn’t love me buying old Chicago Cubs baseball cards way too often from another page I joined. There’s a lot to love about social media.
I don’t love the hate, the vitriol and I don’t love the focus on self in social media. So much of social media is about building up one’s self. For the most part, I don’t mind pictures of kids and sports, for example. I posted them myself when my kids played and it gives a chance for family and friends to see what their nephew or granddaughter or friend is up to. It really comes down to perspective and heart, doesn’t it?
I write this blog because I’ve seen too many people through the years that look at leadership through purely secular lens. It’s not that a secular lens is necessarily bad. It’s the words purely or primarily. I believe it is Essential for the man or woman that is a Godly Leader to look to God first for all that they do and who they are. As a leader of a company, or a team or a family or co-op it is Essential to be God-conscious and God-aware. What does God think of this? What does His Word instruct me to do and how to act? What is the Godly response in this situation? If I can help give a little perspective on that in daily topics we all wrestle with, then I’ve served my purpose.
But social media and just life in general in 2023 waaaaaaay too often forces us to focus on ourselves. How do we look? How do we act? What do we say? How many likes do I have? What’s the right answer? Getting those answers right seems to be the most important part of the day. Whenever you hear someone ask a group a question, what happens? It’s silent for a few moments or even minutes because people are trying to figure out what the answer is they’re supposed to give! They all have an answer in their heart of hearts, but they self-consciously ask themselves is that the answer the question giver wants? That’s no way to live! Rather let’s live as God-conscious people that know and live and speak in a way to please Him and that does not worry about others.
Matthew 16:25 tells us that, “Those that want to save their lives will lose them. But those who lose their lives for me (Jesus’s words) will find them.”
The Godly Leader knows that it is Essential that we remain God-conscious and not Self-conscious in our lives, our decisions, our actions, our thoughts and our lives. Start with the next one hour and see how it goes. The habit and the focus will develop over time as you grow more and more in the likeness of Christ and not the people we’re currently trying to impress.
We could talk a lot more on this topic, but we’ll leave it there for now. What are your thoughts or questions? Leave them in the comments. If you found this blog helpful or thought-provoking, please Subscribe Below to receive a new weekly blog in your email on Tuesday morning. Also, if you think this blog would be helpful for others, please share it on social media or tell a few friends about it!
Love being on this Essential Godly Leadership journey with you!
Essential Godly Leadership: “Leading your life, your family, your work, your relationships, and your world in a way that is seeking wisdom from, and pleasing to, the Lord Jesus.”