As I was scrolling through my twitter feed recently, the thought occurred to me, “Why am I on here? Is this worth my time?” It was a good thought, in the context that when it pops up, (and different versions of it have popped up at different times, over the years,) it teaches me to take a look at my priorities, my focus, and where my balance is with online and offline life.
It was also a good thought, because almost immediately after that one, another one came into my head. “It’s a mission field.”
Why do I spend time online? Yes, I enjoy it. But I wouldn’t enjoy it if there weren’t people involved. If there was never feedback. No, I enjoy it because of the people involved.
My passion is to encourage. Impact. Love. Help. Give hope. And when I interact online – whether it’s twitter, facebook, instagram, my blog, or email…. I can do that.
Africa may be a mission field.
India may be a mission field.
Panama, Guatemala, and Europe – all….mission fields.
But so is the online world. It IS a mission field because all of the world is pretty much on it! You can reach someone in Thailand, Phillipines, or your neighborhood. You can talk to a high school student, a leadership “expert,” or a doctor.
You don’t know who, or how many, read your words. Your thoughts.
And it matters.
It matters to me, when someone takes a minute to reply to my words. So, I know, it probably matters to them, when I take the time to respond to theirs. Even if it’s in the form of a “like,” or a “follow.” It lets them know their voice was heard. They are not alone.
They are seen.
Yes, we can all spend too much time scrolling on our phones or our computers. But we can also spend too much time watching television, reading magazines, or daydreaming.
I may not always be talking to someone at my front door, but I may be talking to someone half way across the world. And to me, that is pretty cool.
Everyone needs someone. And if people are online, then online is where I want to be. To help. To love. To give hope.
To make a difference.
No matter how silly others may think it to be.